Rain or shine, the first Town of San Felipe Christmas parade was going to happen Saturday, Dec. 12, said Kim Silver, San Felipe-Frydek Volunteer Fire Department public information officer and parade coordinator.
The parade was going to go off without a hitch, as long as there was no lightning. Nothing else would cancel this event, she said.
“We don’t want to fail the community and back out,” Silver said.
The only booms that sounded across the half-mile stretch came from packed floats swimming in music and laughter.
The parade marshal was “Vikki,” a 3,000-gallon tanker named in honor of the late Vikki Taylor Rosenkranz, better known as Vikki Taylor, whose husband, Robert, was present for the parade to ride along in.
Homes were alit down the parade route beginning at the fairgrounds on FM 1458 and finishing at the post office just past the fire department.
At the fire department, Silver and Wendy Schiller did the legwork to get the annual parade back on the map. It’s been 10 years since the last San Felipe Christmas parade.
Silver did not get the formal go-ahead for the parade until a little more than three weeks ago. Silver and other volunteers were expecting 30 entries from representative towns across the county. She said she learned a lot trying to put this parade together in the last four weeks, mainly a clearance requirement from the Texas Department of Transportation to shut down FM 1458 during the event.
“I think for the first time in 10 years… 30 (entries) is pretty good,” Silver said.
Silver said she would have been happy if she could only manage five or 10 entries in the parade. It has to begin again somewhere, she said.
Some groups could not participate because of late notice, such as Sealy high and junior high schools’ cheerleaders and players who were off at a tournament. Though, next year, Silver said she would contact Sealy Independent School District in time to coordinate.
“People want the interaction of the community,” Silver said.
The parade could easily be a mainstay, it just needs community support to spur it on, she said.
After the parade, many met at the firehouse where there was hot chocolate, coffee, cookies, music, and of course, pictures with Santa and Mrs. Claus in front of the Christmas tree. And who better for the roles than the original Santa and Mrs. Claus from 10 years ago, Gary Scherbig and Wanda Frankhauser?
“This town really has a lot to offer if you work together,” Silver said.