Parade Of Homes Showcases, Provides Opportunities

It's parade time in the Falls, but in the Parade of Homes, it's you who get to travel from point 'A' to point 'B,' and while people tour homes that are already built, they'll be helping raise money to build other homes for people in need.

After the sawdust, tape, and scaffolding were all cleared away from a home on Shady Grove in Wichita Falls, a sparkling new home was ready for the North Texas Home Builders Association's 59th annual Parade of Homes.

"We wanna sell homes, but we also want people to come out and see what's new in the home building industry, and meet and greet with the builders," said NTHBA President Doug McCulloch.

Since the parade began on Saturday, people have been able to tour fifteen different homes to see the latest and greatest.

"There's a faucet in the kitchen where you just touch it and it comes on, touch it and it goes off.  New sinks made of granite instead of using stainless all the time.  Wood floors are still growing in popularity," McCulloch said.

But the $6 tickets don't just help the home builders association.  They have an even split with Habitat For Humanity, which provides volunteers to man each home during the parade.

"It's one of the largest fundraisers each year, so yes, it's very, very important to habitat.  As you see we've got lots of construction going on," said Habitat For Humanity Marketing Director Kathie Forehand.

Habitat is hoping to raise about $4,000 this year, and they usually come away with about 12 new volunteers who toured the homes.  As far as the housing market goes, McCulloch says there's been a little bump in the Wichita Falls area.

"It's been a real good, as far as our local economy goes.  People are out again, you know, and they're looking, and they're spending some money and definitely contemplating," he said.

While you might find your next house during the parade, you can also help contribute to finishing a four bedroom home for a family in need.

Tickets for the Parade of Homes can be purchased at any of the houses on display (you can find them on the map), or at the Habitat for Humanity Office at 902 13th Street.