Christmas parade heralds season

Procession set Friday at 6:30 p.m.

The third-annual downtown Christmas at the Crossroads event will begin Friday at 6:30 p.m.

The lighted Christmas parade, organized by Uvalde Leader-News Newspapers in Education coordinator Olga Charles in conjunction with the city of Uvalde, will kick off the event with a multi-float procession down North Getty Street, starting at Leona Street and concluding at the downtown plaza area.

“We want everyone to have an opportunity to participate in the celebration of the holidays in Uvalde,” said Charles. “This is a family affair. We are building memories for our children.”

As of yesterday morning, there were 35 entries, including business and local schools, and Charles estimates 5,000 people attended in 2018. She is hoping for an even larger crowd at this year’s event. Lineup will be at 5:45 p.m.

Uvalde’s own Santa Claus, Bob Gartman, will ride in a Uvalde Volunteer Fire Department truck to cap off the parade, then be available for photos afterward at the Uvalde Grand Opera House. Parents are invited to bring cell phones and cameras to snap one free image per child posing with Santa.

The children’s snow slide area will be stationed between the Uvalde County Courthouse and the Kincaid Hotel building. Donations of canned food items will be accepted to ride on the slide, and H-E-B will match every can equally, to be donated after the event to the Uvalde Food Pantry.

Vendor booths, including food trucks, will set up on the plaza square.


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