Excuse the pun, but it's almost time for the Big Spring Herald to, well, herald in the Christmas season.
Plans are being finalized for the 25th annual Herald Community Christmas parade, which will be held Dec. 1, and officials said there's still plenty of room for entries.
Deadline to enter your organization in the parade is Friday, said Herald Advertising Director Rick Nunez.
The theme for the this year is “A Storybook Christmas.”
The parade, which first wound its way down Gregg Street in 1986, will again be a lighted parade.
Plans call for the route to begin lining up as it has traditionally done and the procession will begin at the intersection of 24th and Gregg Streets, proceed north on Gregg to Eighth Street, turn east one block before turning north and proceeding to Heart of the City Park on Scurry Street.
The parade is set to begin at 5:30 p.m.
Entries will be judged in the following categories: Individual or family; civic group, church or school; commercial; industrial; and mounted.
The entry judged Best of Show (for best interpretation of the parade theme) will be awarded $100. The Publisher's Award will bestow $75 for the entry that exhibits the best use of lighting. And the Grand Marshal's Award and $50 will be given to the entry with best costuming.
Dathan Jones, executive director of the Big Spring YMCA, will serve as parade grand marshal.
For more information, contact the Herald at 263-7331.