Tommy Mann Jr.
The Orange Leader
The biggest annual holiday parade in Orange County is being rescheduled to mid-December.
The Orange Jaycees Annual Christmas Parade, originally scheduled to take place on Friday, Dec. 6, is being pushed back to a later date due to official Jaycees business which cannot be changed. The new date for the annual holiday parade in Orange is Friday, Dec. 13.
Niki Monceaux, parade chairperson and organizer, has been appointed as the state president for the Texas Jaycees in 2014. A mandatory conference of all state presidents is being held that same weekend in Nashville, Tenn., so Monceaux thought it better to reschedule the event than cancel.
“My options were to either cancel the parade or to push it back one week,” Monceaux said in a telephone interview. “I know a lot of people would have been disappointed if we were forced to cancel, so I thought it would be best to move the parade back a week and hold it on Friday, December 13th.”
Monceaux said really did not want to reschedule the event, but lack of membership in the Orange Jaycees and assistance with organizing the event left her little choice.
“Not going to Nashville for this conference was not an option,” Monceaux added. “And there really wasn’t anyone else available to make sure things were being handled while I was away.”
Lamar State College-Orange will conduct its graduation for the fall 2013 semester that same night at the Lutcher Theater in downtown Orange. Members of the public have expressed concern to Monceaux over the conflict with another event, but she said her options are slim to none.
“We’ve run into the problem before throughout the years when something else would coincide with the parade,” Monceaux explained. “Namely with the West Orange-Stark football team being in the playoffs every year, but we’ve held the parade anyway and we always have a great turnout.”
The Orange Jaycees 65th Annual Christmas Parade will take place beginning at 6:30 p.m., Friday, Dec. 13, through the streets of Orange. This year’s theme is “A Patriotic Christmas” and the public is invited to line the streets and see this wonderful holiday tradition firsthand.
The parade entrants will lineup in the parking lot of the old Sears location on MacArthur Drive and travel east to Green Avenue into downtown Orange, where the parade route will conclude at Fourth Street.
The parade is one of the most popular Christmas events in Orange County, as thousands of people line the street to see the colorfully lighted and decorated floats, listen to the marching bands and wave to Santa Claus.
The Orange Jaycees will soon be accepting entries into the parade. Forms will be available at R & R Auto Supply on MacArthur Drive Pinehurst, Artcraft Printing on Western Avenue in West Orange, Triangle Bolt on East Roundbunch Road in Bridge City and at the Greater Orange Area Chamber of Commerce at the corner of 10th Street and Green Avenue.
Entrants will need to supply the size of the entry and category, as well as contact name and information of a person representing the group, organization or business represented. Also, it is asked to include whether music is involved with your entry or not as to make sure the float will not be placed to a band or fire engine.
Contact Niki Monceaux, parade chairperson, at 409-221-0801 or NikiM2525@yahoo.com for more information.