Santa, Christmas parade usher in season on Friday
At least 10 downtown businesses will be open from 5 to 8 p.m. and will offer refreshments and door prizes
The annual night parade will be at 7:30 p.m. with Homer Mowdy as grand marshall.
It w ill form in downtown Rockdale and march to Fair Park.
Parade at 7:30 p.m.
Parade lineup begins at 6:30 p.m. on Milam Street, one block south of US 79 and the parade gets under way at 7:30.
Categories are floats, motorcycles, all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), decorated vehicles and overall decorated entries.
No candy will be thrown from floats, according to Denice Doss, Chamber of Commerce president. Candy-throwing at the night parade has been deemed a safety hazard.
Wolf Park and the historic International & Great Northern Depot will be the focus of downtown pre-parade activities.
Sausage wraps will be sold at the depot beginning at 5 p.m. and Santa and Mrs. Claus will
A flag raising at 5 p.m. at Wolf Park, across the street from the depot, will honor soldiers past, present and future and will include singing of the national anthem.
Rockdale's official Christmas tree, in Wolf Park, will be lit at 5:15 p.m.
That's followed by a community sing-along at 6 p.m.
Murray Street Church of Christ Singers will perform at 6:30 p.m. and the Communities in Concert Band follows at 6:45.
Business open houses, with door prizes and refreshments, set for 5 to 8 p.m. include the following:
Antique Queens, Love's Flowers & Gifts, Christian Information Book Store, Climate Control, DR Loans.
Rockdale Signs & Photogra- phy, Shrimps, Healing Handzz, Orsag's, Ram Optical.
Rockdale's quarterly Market Day unreels Saturday along US 79.
Sponsors are Antique Queens, Kountry Inn Motel, Pam's Rockdale Beaut y Shoppe and Thorndale Enter prises (Ham Branch Park.)
St. Joseph's Bazaar
The Christmas Bazaar at St. Joseph's Catholic Church gets under way at 9 a.m. Saturday and concludes at 1:30 p.m. with awarding of door prizes, Madeline Kovar, spokesperson, said.
Items will include a large variety of baked goods, arts and crafts, silent auction, religious articles, children's fun room, raffle, door prizes and tamales.
"We will have chili, chicken stew and an assortment of sandwiches, plus free coffee" Kovar said.
The bazaar will be held at the St. Joseph's educational building, 234 San Gabriel.
Since the 1950s, St. Joseph's Ladies (formerly the Ladies Altar Society) have held an annual fund raiser in Rockdale on the first Saturday in December.
No Christmas Ball
The Cowboy Christmas Ball, which has been held on the Saturday after the Christmas Parade, will not be held this year.
Instead there will be a New Year's Eve dance, sponsored by the Rockdale Chamber of Commerce, from 6 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Dec. 31 at the KC Hall.