The city of Ennis was aglow last week as were the faces of those in attendance at the annual Christmas Parade of Lights, which wound its way through the historic downtown area.
The floats were bright and cheery which matched the holiday spirit shown by all who came out to enjoy the event. The parade was sponsored by the Ennis Chamber of Commerce and had about 40 entries.
“We were very pleased at the number of groups and individuals that signed up to participate in the event. It is nicer for everyone when lots of people want to participate because it really lets the community show their support by coming out to see it,” said Jeannette Patak, chamber president.
The amount of entries wasn't the only thing about the parade the chamber staff was impressed with, the detail put into the floats was also recognized.
“There were some really fantastic floats this year which made the event even more beautiful. A lot of work went into preparing for the parade and we appreciate the efforts of everyone involved,” she said.
Overall winners for the parade were awarded trophies and include:
First place winner - The St. John Scout Pack No. 203
Second place winner - Grace Lutheran Church
Third place winner - The Sokol Hall entry
Chamber staff credit the help of the Lions Club and Matt Keever for their help in making sure the line up process went smoothly and were happy with the turnout.
“The weather was just right for people to come out and enjoy the night and for a night with a Cowboy's game airing, I think we still had an awesome crowd,” Patak said with a laugh.
The Railroad Museum also reported having a great crowd as they held an open house for people to tour the facility and see how Ennis was influenced by the railroad.
“I think when we took count at the night of the night we had about 100 visitors through the museum and most of those were prior to the parade. We are happy that we had so many visitors that took an interest in the museum,” said Jerry Becker, staff member at the museum.
The Friends of the Museum also had a great crowd for their annual coffee in the caboose event, which also featured a display of model trains for visitors to enjoy.