Update: 14th Annual Miracles Christmas Parade canceled due to winter weather

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The following is a news release from the Miracles Christmas Parade:

A great unknown each year of the Miracles Christmas Parade is the weather. We have been blessed with great parade weather every year of the parade except one- now, make that two! We are thankful for the moisture, but with 8 inches of snow, we have determined that it is not safe or logistically feasible to put the Parade on this year and must cancel the Miracles Christmas Parade for 2018.

We are disappointed, but want to sincerely thank all the volunteers that worked tirelessly to make the Parade happen. We want to thank our wonderful sponsors that generously contributed to bring this joyful event to West Texas, and we want to thank the many participants who worked hard to build and decorate their beautiful floats.

(News release from the Miracles Christmas Parade)

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The following is a news release from the Miracles Christmas Parade:

The 14th Annual Miracles Christmas Parade is Saturday, December 8, 2018, and all indications point to the largest parade ever in the history of the event. The parade has a record 50 separate parade units registered for the Saturday night event, according to Parade Chairman Jason Davis. The parade will begin at 6 p.m. at 34th Street and Avenue Q at the Byron Martin Center and move westward through Indiana Avenue. The parade is free and open to the public.

Participants in the parade include the Texas Tech Masked Rider, Raider Red, Texas Tech Pom Squad, Antique tractors, marching bands from Coronado. Monterey, and Lubbock High School, beauty queens, and Santa Claus riding the United States Marines truck. Other participants include church groups, various youth groups, the AMBUCS horses and riders, and several individual family groups.

“Interest for this year’s parade has been the highest seen in recent years,” said Davis, one of 20 Wranglers who produce and host the annual free parade for the benefit of parade views in Lubbock and across the entire South Plains.

The parade theme for 2018 is “Fairy-Tale Christmas” and each parade unit is expected to have at least 1,000 lights illuminating their float or group.

Since the free parade draws more than 30,000 spectators down the two-mile parade route, many observers set up their individual spots along the route and even bring grills, hot chocolate, coffee, and have cookouts while waiting for the parade to pass their location. The purpose and goal of the parade is to bring cheer to every spectator, participant, and organizer while providing families and individuals an event that will build lasting holiday memories for everyone.

The Marines will be walking along the sides of their truck carrying Santa and will be available to pick up the unwrapped toys from spectators who are urged to bring toys to the parade in support of this year’s Toys for Tots drive.

The parade appears to be heading towards a record number of parade participants and may well host the largest crowd in parade history. It is free, fun, family oriented, and open to anyone to come watch and enjoy Saturday starting at 6pm.

(News release from the Miracles Christmas Parade)

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