Burkburnett Lighted Christmas Parade shines a light on backing the blue

Burkburnett Lighted Christmas Parade shines a light on backing the blue

Even though it was cold out Friday night, hundreds of people made their way to downtown Burkburnett for the city's Lighted Christmas Parade.

The parade lit up the city streets for the 24th year in a row.

This year's theme was "Blue Christmas," to honor first responders and the men and women who serve in our military.

Many of those who came out said they loved the theme.

"We need to support our police officers, we also need to support our veterans and soldiers, and everyone that is serving in the military. They need all the backing they can get," said Lewis Huffman, of the VFW Post 10455.

Becky King, Burkburnett Chamber of Commerce and parade coordinator, said the city wanted to use this opportunity give back and support those who serve and protect.

Despite the cold over 80 entries took part in the parade, from businesses to high school students.

"Anything you can imagine we've got bands, we've got horses," said King.

Many of the parade contestants said they are hoping to take home a trophy for best float, but add, it is all about having a good time.

Kelly Knox was at the parade with her company Helena Chemical. She said what makes their float special is that it is a team effort.

"It's just a local hometown fun event to do. It also brings our workers together," said Knox.

Terry Maxwell and his wife were in the parade for the third year in a row.

They made their way down 3rd St. in a '64 classic Chevy decked out in Christmas lights.

They said he loves to see the camaraderie , and of course seeing the smiles on their grandkids faces is another plus.

"Our grand kids are out there somewhere hoping to get some candy and wave to grandma and grandpa," said Maxwell.

This event is also a tradition for the Brockriede family. Ben Brockriede said it is nice getting everybody from the city together, and he loves seeing his kids so entertained.

As for the little ones. They said their favorite part was the firetrucks and candy.

The Burkburnett VFW Post 10455 was also at the parade offering hot chocolate, coffee and snacks for donations and of course to help everybody stay warm.

The parade ended at Friendship Park, and that is where the kiddos got their pictures taken with Santa and even got to watch a Christmas movie.

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