Friday is deadline for annual Christmas parade

What's free, a lot of fun and ... wild?“A Wild West Christmas,” of course, this year's Big Spring Herald Community Christmas Parade.So why is the Herald bugging you about something that's almost a month away? Well, to remind you that the deadline to enter is Friday, as in tomorrow, Veterans Day.It almost got by you, huh?Well, there's still time to enter. It only takes a minute or two, and you don't even have to have your plans finalized. The Herald just needs to know your intentions so that parade coordinator Rick Nunez can begin working on the lineup, assign numbers for the judges and get everything ready — a time consuming task, for sure. The parade will be held at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3.“We've got a lot of entries already and we're anticipating a lot more Friday,” said Nunez. “We encourage anyone to take part in this festive event. It's always a lot of fun.”To enter, fax or bring in a completed form to the Herald. “We can fax or email forms to people who request them if they don't have one. The forms are important because they give us specific information such as which category they fall in,” said Nunez.There are five basic categories: individual/family, civic/school, commercial, individual and mounted.Three awards will be presented to eligible entries: Best of Show, which is best interpretation of the theme; Publisher's Award, for best use of lighting; and the Grand Marshal's Award, for best costuming. The Herald will also be awarding certificates in the five categories.“Our theme this year, A Wild West Christmas, presents an opportunity to get really creative with your entry,” said Nunez. “We're anticipating some great floats.”Grand marshal will be Howard College Rodeo Coach Greg Kernick.Anyone who has questions about the event is asked contact Nunez at 432-264-7331 or by email at The Herald's fax number is 264-7205.The Herald is located at 710 Scurry.“I think this will be one of the best parades we've had. It's certainly generating a lot of excitement and we'd love you to be a participant,” said Nunez. “And remember, it's free to enter. There is no charge.”