OVILLA – The city of Ovilla’s annual Heritage Day is right around the corner and will be held on Saturday, Sept. 28 with the parade beginning at 9 a.m.

This year’s theme will be “Honoring Those Who Help Others” with an emphasis on nonprofit organizations.  

Jo Ann Graham, who handles publicity for the Ovilla Service League, said it will be the Ovilla Service League who will take the role as Grand Marshalls this year, but it is also expected that Joe Barton will be in the parade as well.

In order to explain the Ovilla Service League’s impact in the community over the past 40 years the float that the Service League will ride on during the parade will likely have a smorgasbord of historical photos blown up and mounted on the sides of the float.

“We are inviting lots of United Way agencies and other nonprofits to participate in the parade as well as the festival,” Graham said.  

As for entertainment, Red Oak Opry will entertain again as well as various dance troupes and the Methodist Church choir.

Graham said there will also be a live radio broadcast and hundreds of vendors have been invited to participate along with a car show and special SWAT vehicles on display, as well as the Ovilla Fire Department’s Safe House.

“Last year we had over 5,000 people attend Ovilla’s Heritage Day,” Graham said “and we expect to exceed that this year.”

The parade begins at 9 a.m. on Sept. 28, with festival following from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.