The 26th Annual Keene Christmas Light Parade with the theme, “The Reason We Celebrate the Season,” is on Dec. 4, 6.30 p.m., along Old Betsy Road between Magnolia and Fourth Street in Keene, Texas, and a Fireworks Show at Callicott Student Park (often called the Duck Pond). The event is free and open to the public. The best place to watch the fireworks is from the Leiske-Pultar Gymnasium parking lot or the embankment along Old Betsy Road between Magnolia and Campus Drive.
Any lighted vehicle or animal can enter the parade as a float for only $10. Paul Gnadt, executive director at Keene Chamber of Commerce, says, “We have floats from the surrounding cities and spectators from throughout the county. Last year’s estimated attendance was 4,000 people.”
There are ten judged prize categories for the floats including best-lighted vehicle, best-lighted float, best animal entry, best business entry, best children's entry, best Pathfinder club, best Adventurer club, best antique entry, best overall, and most unique entry. To volunteer to assist in the parade contact the Keene Chamber of Commerce at 817-556-2995.
According to Gnadt, the parade began in 1996 by Tim Sinclair, Mickey Johnson, Aaron Moses, and Donny Gore from Keene. Gnadt says these pioneer members handed the responsibility for the parade to the Keene Chamber of Commerce in 2016. In case of inclement weather, will be postponed for one week.
For more information contact:
Paul Gnadt, Executive Director Keene Chamber of Commerce,
110 S. Old Betsy Rd. Keene, TX. 76059