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Holiday hit

Annual Christmas Parade floats by in style
The Lights of Ennis Christmas Parade glittered down Ennis Avenue last night to the joy of crowds that stretched from the parking lots of Walgreen’s and CVS Pharmacy to Pierce Park on N.W. Main St. The mildly cool weather brought spectators out in a mix of dress and undress, from short-shorts and halter-tops to sweatshirts and parkas.
“Only in Texas can you be sleeveless next to somebody in a coat!” one woman laughed with friends at the corner of Ennis Ave. and N. Dallas St.
Those who turned out to see the annual parade sponsored by the Ennis Chamber of Commerce were almost as interesting as the floats. In many instances whole families were present, some carrying lawn chairs and ice coolers as they scouted out the best spots along the parade route. Santa hats proliferated and even dogs on leashes were festively attired. Onlookers near the corner of Ennis Ave. and N.W. Main were treated to Christmas candy by merchants.
The parade started at 7 p.m., announced by the sirens and flashers of squad cars from the Ennis Police Department and the Ellis County Sheriff’s Office.
There were over 30 entries, including four marching units. Each was brightly festooned in a range of holiday themes –– from Santa Clauses and wreaths to sparkling lights and manger scenes. Cameras clicked and flashed all along the avenue –– even four stories above it, where a crane from Ferguson Electric hoisted Ennis Daily News reporter and shutterbug Matt Cook.
The truck from Pechal’s Paint and Body with 5,000 multicolored lights strewn over it was a crowd favorite again but many other entries attracted attention, too. Among them were floats sponsored by the Ennis Veterinary Clinic, Ennis Regional Medical Center, Century 21 Judge Fite, Ben E. Keith and the Ennis Chiropractic Clinic.
The Ennis High School Band and Varsity Cheerleaders were popular performing units in the procession, and inventive floats that stood out were those entered by Polka Lovers of America, Bounce N Good Times, the Ennis Fire Department, the Tejas Girl Scouts Service Unit 252, the United Methodist Church and Ennis Heritage Society, the Rosser Fire Department, Budweiser Select, I.O.O.F. Hornets and the St. John Cub Scouts Pack 203.
First through third place winners in the contest for the best-decorated floats will be announced soon.

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