The 2016 Lighted Christmas Parade was held on Thursday, December 1st in Downtown Brownwood with a near-record number of entries participating.
The parade was sponsored by Texas Rock Crusher Railway while volunteers for the Toys for Kids program were honored as this year's Grand Marshal.
The Lighted Christmas Parade kicked off the Christmas Under the Stars Festival events held at the Depot Civic & Cultural Center and the Lehnis Railroad Museum. The festival was presented by Brownwood Regional Medical Center. Additional festival sponsors included: Gold sponsors - McCoy's Building Supply and United Supermarket; Silver sponsor - Home Depot; Bronze sponsors - Brownwood Women's Clinic, Landmark Life and Staples; Big Wheel sponsors - Matthew Williams State Farm and Sonic.
Parade award winners included:
Grand Marshal Award (sponsored by Bostick's Auto & Truck Sales) - Brownwood Municipal Police Association
Mayor's Choice (sponsored by Howard Payne University) - Brownwood Regional Medical Center
Santa's Choice (sponsored by Gary Twiford, Realtor - Coldwell Banker, Mark Campbell & Associates) - Weakley-Watson True Value Hardware
Star of Bethlehem (sponsored by Brownwood Nursing and Rehab) - Oliver Orthodontist
Falalalalah (sponsored by BrownwoodNews.com)- Brownwood High School Theaters
Santa's Workshop (sponsored by Cook's Fish Barn Restaurant & Catering) - Donnie Stegemoller Realtors
Jingle Bells Award (sponsored by Ingram Concrete, LLC) - Brownwood Senior Center
Polar Express Award (sponsored by Airtite Products) - Senior Care of Brownwood
Rudolph Award - (sponsored by Dr. Pepper Bottlers, Brownwood, Inc.) Kindred at Home Hospice
Little Drummer Boy Award (sponsored by Gary Twiford, Realtor - Coldwell Banker, Mark Campbell & Associates) - Soccer 4 Fun
Frosty's Friends Award (sponsored by Top Cut Lawn Care) - Brownwood High School Cheerleaders
Santa's Helpers (sponsored by Staples) - St. Mary's Catholic Kids Club
Joy To the World Award (sponsored by Cross Country Healthcare Center) - Northwest Elementary PTO