The Melissa Chamber of Commerce hosted the annual Christmas Parade on Saturday, December 2. The parade was aptly named “A Cardinal Christmas,” paying homage to the Melissa Cardinals.

Even though it was a balmy 70 degrees, patrons still enjoyed the event. “I wasn’t feeling the Christmas spirit yet, because of the warm weather,” Mendy Landers, a guest at the parade, said. “The festiveness of the parade has succeeded in getting me into the Christmas spirit. All the floats, lights and joyful nature of everybody has helped renew my Christmas spirit.”

The parade started at Melissa City Hall and traveled down Cardinal Drive to Melissa Ridge Intermediate. The return trip brought the parade up Palo Pinto back to the City Hall grounds. The parade grand marshal was the Cardinal Fan Bus.

There were pre-parade activities for residents to enjoy. Melissa High School had photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus, crafting stations, merchandise vendors, music by the school choirs and more.

Dr. Bri Andor, who is running for Collin County Commissioner Precinct 3, had a float in the parade. Andor said she was pleased by the turn out for the event.

“Amazing Christmas parade tonight in Melissa,” said Andor. “It looks like the whole town came out. It was wonderful to see so many friends. Merry Christmas. Go Cardinals!”

Matt Whitt, another guest at the parade, said he was impressed by the event. “There were so many floats and vehicles,” he said. “I was surprised to see all the vehicles decorated so brightly and ‘Christmas-y.’ It really was a sight to see.”

The Christmas parade is proof that the residents of Melissa do not need snow on the ground to show Christmas spirit.