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Santa Claus recently delivered an invitation to Larry Hume, the recipient of the 2013 Distinguished Service Award, to serve as Grand Marshal of the 14th annual Santa’s Christmas Parade which will be held on Saturday, December 7, 2013 beginning at 6:00 p.m. 


Hume was recognized at the annual Chamber of Commerce awards banquet for his contributions to the community for keeping the history of our armed service men and women alive in Shelby County.  He is instrumental in the Voice of Democracy program, Veteran’s programs in the school and community as well as a leader in the Shelby County VFW Post 8904. 


According to Andi Foster, Chairman, vendor space is available free to churches, civic and non-profit organizations.  Interested organizations must complete a vendor application and will be notified regarding acceptance.  Approved vendors can set up from 4:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on the day of the parade in an assigned location on the Historic Courthouse lawn.  During the parade afternoon the Daughters of the Republic William Carroll Crawford Chapter will host tours of the First Ladies in Texas Building.


Categories for the 2013 “Country Christmas” themed parade will include Individuals, Schools, Businesses, Churches and Civic Organizations.  Parade participants this year will be allowed to include their horses with special applicable rules and considerations. Judges will award cash prizes to the top three places in each category, First $100, Second $50 and Third $25 and the Overall Best in Show Float will receive $250 cash prize.


Parade float entry registration is free and completed applications must be returned to the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce office by the entry deadline on Monday, November 25, 2013.  Applications for the parade, vendor space and entry rules are now available at the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce office located at 100 Courthouse Square, A-101 on the historic downtown Center square or online at



When Santa closes out the parade, he will be on hand in the Historic Courthouse until 8:00 p.m.  Photos may be made with Santa by furnishing one’s own camera. 


For more information please contact the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce at (936) 598-3682 or



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