By Greg Ritchie
CROCKETT – Houston County Career Women (HCCW) held their annual Christmas parade Thursday, Nov. 16 in the downtown Crockett square to accolades from locals, declaring it one of the biggest and best in memory. The parade, titled, “A Gingerbread and Gumdrop Christmas,” featured floats from all around the county, many of them intricate and lit for Christmas.
Participants included local schools, governments and churches, along with several other citizens and local groups. HCCW President Sarah Bird said she couldn’t be prouder of all the people who made it possible.
“The parade was one of the biggest ever. It was amazing and the best I’ve seen,” Bird said. “It was a lot of work, behind the scenes with the ladies and all the members who worked so hard. The participants with the floats stepped up and did an amazing job. There wasn’t one bad entry – it was beautiful.”
In lieu of a parade entry fee, the HCCW ladies decided to ask for donations of non-perishable food after hearing about a similar idea in another town. The group contacted Angels and Elves Ministry, a local charitable group who provides help for the less fortunate during the holiday season. The group provided HCCW with a list of some of the items they could use and the parade participants were each asked to donate 10 food items.
Angels and Elves focuses on the elderly who do not always have family to help them or support them. The career women met Friday, Nov. 17 in downtown Crockett to transfer the massive pile of food to the angels to be distributed to those most in need. Bird said they also support “Toys-and-Tots and hope to give between $15-20,000 in scholarships after their big “Purse-a-palooza” event next year.
Bird was proud the group was able to support another local organization trying to do good for the local community.
“It stays in Houston County,” Bird said. “So many locals and groups support our scholarship program each year, it was important to us to support another local organization.”
The 2023 Parade Winners were:
- Judges Choice #1 – Grace Street Church of Christ #53
- Judges Choice #2 – Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) #58
- Judges Choice #3 – Los Ranchos Mexican Restaurant #34
- Most Representative of Theme – Houston County Electric Co-Op #60
- Most Artistic Lighting – St. Francis Catholic Church #15
- Best Motorcycle/ATV – Houston County Equipment & Homestead 4H #54
- Best Car – Piney Woods Fine Arts #41
- Best Large Vehicle – Crockett ISD Bus Department #38
- Best Religious Theme – Central Baptist Church #36
- Best Marching (Non-Musical) – Boy Scouts of America, Troop 419 #11
- Best Marching (Musical) – St. Francis Catholic Church #14
- Best Bicycle – Tadlock Family
- Best Equestrian – Shadow & Addlee #20
- Best Tractor – Houston County Equipment
- Lovelady ISD Band
- Crockett ISD Band
- Jason Frizzell/Crockett Fire Department
Greg Ritchie can be reached at [email protected]