Corsicana Daily Sun, Corsicana, Texas

November 18, 2013

Lighting displays, fireworks, parade show community spirit

By Janet Jacobs
Corsicana Daily Sun

Corsicana — Events are shaping up for the Christmas holidays in Corsicana, and the city will be more involved than in the past.

The city is organizing the downtown lighting and the decorations in Community Park, while the Festival of Lights committee is leading up the annual Christmas parade.

The downtown lighting will take place Friday, Dec. 6, and the parade will take place the next night, Saturday, Dec. 7.

The Festival of Lights committee handed the park decorations off to the city this year, and the city’s taking a classical approach — white lights with just a few red accents, said Sharla Allen, parks and recreation director.

“Community Park’s theme is going to be classic and quaint. The idea is to celebrate the idea of family and community,” Allen said. “We’re going to do it all in white lights. We’re going to put the castle up, and we’re going to about 36 to 45 trees in white lights.”

The Parks Mall in Arlington donated several truck-loads of decorations to the city this year, including a 48-foot-tall tiered tree, which will also be placed in the park.

“That big Christmas tree is going to be really stunning,” she said. “We’re real excited about it.”

The downtown lighting ceremony will take place from 5 to 6 p.m. Dec. 6 at the Pocket Park, 118 N. Beaton. Hosted by the Main Street Office, the event will feature free street tacos by Tortilleria Matehuala, Christmas carols by the Corsicana High School Acapella Choir, and fireworks after dark, according to Steve Dieterichs, Main Street director.

“In the past, we used to do this before Thanksgiving, but we decided it was a little too early,” Dieterichs said. “We’re encouraging businesses to stay open until 6 p.m., and some will be offering special things.”

The parade will take place at 6 p.m. Saturday, with line-up at 5 p.m. in the parking lot of Ideal Storage, 801 N. 13th St., the  former Cornerstone Baptist Church.

Dennis Thornberg will head up the parade. It will be the same as in previous years, he said.

“Last year was my 25th year to do the parade,” he said. “We’ve got it down pat.”

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