With temperatures averaging 41 degrees Saturday, Anna residents braved the cold to witness the the spectacle put on by the Greater Anna Chamber of Commerce. Residents were able to see traditional Anna floats that included people dressed in festive costumes, marching bands and more. There was also the Grinch and some of the Whos from Whoville, and, of course, Santa and Mrs. Claus.
Even with all these interesting characters to honor the guests with their presence, the city of Anna annual parade usually has an added bonus – the Anna High School Homecoming King and Queen. Juan Sanchez and Zoe Miller, both donning their crowns, sashes and warm clothes, rode on the back of a classic white Ford Mustang driven by Anna resident Jim Roundtree. The procession is a tradition that’s existed for as long as most folks can remember.
Sanchez and Miller both attempted to make it out to different high school events to show support for the school and organizations. Sanchez said he is thankful for the opportunity to represent his high school, and all the people that have believed in him.
“I would like to thank the great friends that have supported us,” Sanchez said. “All the ones that have helped us become king and queen.”
The Anna Christmas Parade had an abundance of floats and entries; 45 total entries. There were some classic and new cars a vintage Mustang and a 2016 model were also in the parade. The Boy Scout Troop 293 marched with flags, and even had help from the Grinch. There were miniature horses and regular sized ones. The Grand Marshall, 96 year-old Betty L. McBride was ill and could not attend, but 91 year-old Anna resident Bunt Hall filled in for McBride.
The Greater Anna Chamber of Commerce board of directors decided on the theme for the parade, which was the 12 Days of Christmas. Kevin Hall, executive director of the Chamber of Commerce, said he was pleased with the outcome, even though many people had to sit in their cars due to the cold.
“I’m always excited to host the parade on behalf of the Chamber of Commerce” Hall said. “I always enjoy watching the kids interact with Santa, and being a part of the city’s events.”
Hall also wished everybody a merry Christmas and happy holidays.
The Anna Christmas parade was concluded by handing out awards to three of the floats. Anna Dental was awarded “Best Representation of Theme,” Eva’s All Seasons Glass was the recipient of the “Most Spirited,” and “Best Overall” was presented to King’s Trail Cowboy Church.