Winter weather could freeze out Victoria Christmas parade

136 PARADE ENTRIES

2-M Services LLC

A Plus Party Rentals

Air Force Junior ROTC

Aloe Pack 62 Cub Scouts

American Red Cross

Barbara McCain

Bloomington High School cheerleaders

Bloomington Volunteer Fire Department

Boys & Girls Club of Victoria

Bruce E. Woods State Farm Insurance

Cade Middle School Band

Cade Middle School cheerleaders and Bulldog mascots

Caterpillar

City of Victoria Fire Department

Communities in Schools of the Golden Crescent

Communities in Schools - Stroman Middle School

Crain Elementary Student Council

Crazy Jumps Party Rental

Crime Stoppers

Crossroads Cruisers Car Club

Cub Scout Pack 104

Cub Scout Pack 364

Cuero Chamber of Commerce

Dairy Queen

DanceWorks Unlimited

Dorothy O'Connor Pet Adoption Center

Dudley Elementary cheerleaders

Eli Garza Republican for District Judge

Ella's Party Princesses

Environmental Services

First Baptist Church Awana Clubs

Floresville Peanut Festival Association

Flowerchild Face Painting

Frost Insurance

Girl Scout Troop 9553

Golden Crescent Antique Auto Club

Grace Lutheran Church

Hairy Toms Pet Shoppe

Halepaska's Bakery

Hallettsville Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture

Harry Brooks

H-E-B

Hopkins Elementary cheerleading team

Howell Middle School band

Invista

JD's Airbrush

Jessica Huerta

Kendall Buenger

Kickball, Spirit Squad, Honor Choir

Kine Reyes

Korean War Veterans Association Chapter No. 223

Ledwig Dance Academy

Legacy Drill Team

Lisa Hernandez for County Treasurer

Los Classicos De Victoria Car and Truck Club

Low Impression Car and Truck Club

Lowe's

Manning Gymnastics Centerplex

Marine Corps League

Montana Mike's Steakhouse

Mosquito Squad of Victoria

Mount Nebo Baptist Church

Multi-Chem, a Halliburton Service

Nazareth Academy cheerleaders and drill team

Nazareth Academy marching band

Our Lady of Sorrows Church

Paintball of Victoria

Parkway Church Children's Ministry

Patti Welder Middle School dance and drill team

Patti Welder Panther band

Pattie Welder cheerleaders

Pettus High School band

Pronto Insurance

Pryor Sales & Service

Queen Victoria Court - Victoria Livestock Show

Restored In Christ band

Retama Manor South

Schorlemmer Elementary

Sean Kennedy for Victoria County Treasurer

Shelter Pets of Victoria

Shields Shark Steppers

Shiner Chamber of Commerce

Smith Elementary Eagles cheer squad

Sonic Drive-In

Southern Swing Volleyball

Sport Clips Haircuts

St. Joseph High School Starlighters dance team

Stallion Oilfield Services

Strictly Business Car Club of South Texas

Stroman "Viper" cheerleaders

Stroman Hip-Hop

Stroman Middle School band

Texas Stars dance and drill team from Victoria All Star Dance Academy

The Courtyard Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center

The Door Christian Fellowship Church

The Fun Factory

The Inn on Main

Twin Pines Nursing & Rehab

University of Houston-Victoria Student Life

United Campus Ministry

Victoria Communication Services Companies

Victoria East High School cheer

VFW Post 4146

VIC Slab Riders

Vickers Elementary cheer squad and Student Council

Victoria Animal Control

Victoria Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Victoria Christian Assistance Ministry

Victoria Christian School

Victoria Civilian Fire Academy Alumni Association

Victoria College Treasures dance team

Victoria County Fire Department

Victoria County Fire Marshall

Victoria County Sheriff's Office

Victoria Democratic Party

Victoria East and West varsity swim and dive team

Victoria East FFA

Victoria East High School Golden Saber dance team and Victoria East High School band

Victoria Gold Wing Riders

Victoria Iron Works

Victoria Police

Victoria Police Officers - Blue Santa

Victoria Public Works

Victoria Shrine Club - Fire Patrol Unit

Victoria Streetrods

Victoria Strutters at Debbie Bennett Green School of Dancing

Victoria Texans semi-pro football team

Victori-A's Model A Ford Club

Victors Car Club

Wal-Mart No. 4194

Warrior's Weekend

West High School Bank of Warriors

Women in Partnerships for Progress

Yoakum Area Chamber of Commerce

Z Party Bus

Zarsky Lumber Co. Inc.

IF YOU GO

• WHAT: Lighted Christmas Parade

• WHEN: 6 p.m. Saturday

• WHERE: DeLeon Plaza

• VictoriaTX.org/parks/index.asp

PARADE WEATHER

It will be cold, and possibly wet, for Victoria's annual Christmas Lighted Parade on Saturday. There is a 50 percent chance of rain, and the temperatures are expected to peak at 40 during the day and could be in the high 30s by parade time. Saturday night's low is expected to be 34.

Officials will announce Friday whether the winter weather creates a need to cancel Saturday's parade.

Floats glowing with Christmas lights and glistening Rudolph noses will shine bright at DeLeon Plaza for the 2013 Christmas parade Saturday evening.

The parade, which starts at 6 p.m., includes 136 entries and a first-year window decorating contest sponsored by the Main Street Association.

While the lighting of the square event has been canceled for Friday evening, city officials are expected to announce Friday whether the inclement winter weather will create a need to cancel Saturday's parade.

Deanna Evans, an administrative assistant at Caterpillar, said this year, the company has its sights set on winning one of the coveted parade awards. Because a Caterpillar employee was a judge last year, its float was out of the running.

"Lots of people mentioned last year that if we had been able to be judged, we could have won," Evans said. "We still had a great time doing it, so we didn't care that we couldn't be in the competition last year."

Of the 146 entries last year, Fight For Sam won most spirited, Crossroads Veterinary Clinic won most creative, Martin Luther Lutheran Church won best use of lights, and Sonic Drive-In won most use of lights. Officials estimated last year's crowd was between 10,000 and 15,000 parade-goers.

Evans is directing the Caterpillar float project this year with Jana Mitchell, a manufacturing analyst.

While there will be slight changes to the design, the overall theme will remain the same. Parade-goers will see Snoopy delivering presents by way of North Pole reindeers and a Caterpillar excavator, the same kind manufactured in Victoria.

Tiffany Rigby, a spokeswoman for Caterpillar, said the rules had an impact on their design.

"The rule of the parade is that only the Victoria Santa Float can have a Santa on it," she said. "It's a challenging rule when you're trying to make a float."

Ultimately, the parade is in line with the company's involvement in the city, she said.

"For Thanksgiving, we did a facility-wide potluck lunch where all the employees brought in their favorite family Thanksgiving recipes to share," she said. "We do a lot for different holidays throughout the year to build community throughout our own facility."

Mitchell said regardless of the rules or the float contest itself, spreading the Christmas spirit is what matters.

"Last year, we had so much fun," she said. "When we do the float, it's another opportunity for all the employees to get together from different departments and work together. We probably have too much fun."

Officials are cautioning parade-goers to dress warmly for Saturday night's event.

Mitchell said they're hoping for cold weather, not rain - unless it means snow.