Keene Chamber of Commerce  
Christmas Parade and Fireworks Show is Dec. 2
November 06, 2016

The 23rd annual Keene Christmas Light Parade and Fireworks Show will be 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2, in Keene.

Members of the Keene Business Development Corp. board are grand marshals, and longtime realtor John Read is the parade marshal.

Parade staging is at the Leiske-Pultar Gymnasium parking lot at Old Betsy Road and Magnolia Street on the campus of Southwestern Adventist University.

Anything with wheels or feet, adorned with Christmas lights and is consistent with the theme, “The Reason We Celebrate This Season,” is welcome to participate and needs only show up at the starting time.

Parade entry fee is two packages of dog food (preferably Purina) to be donated to the Keene Animal Shelter. The dog food should be turned in at the registration tent.

The fireworks show will immediately follow the parade. The show will be presented west of the Duck Pond at Callicott Student Park. The best place to view the fireworks is from the Leiske-Pultar parking lot or the embankment along Old Betsy Road between Magnolia and Campus Drive.

Parade entrants who want to be judged and be eligible for prizes should be at the parking lot by 5 p.m. Judging begins at 5:15 p.m.

All entrants should enter the gymnasium parking lot at the north entrance, not from Magnolia Street.

The parade route starts at the Leiske-Pultar parking lot and goes west on Magnolia to Old Betsy Road, south on Old Betsy to Hillcrest, west on Hillcrest to Oakwood, south on Oakwood to Fourth Street, east on Fourth to Old Betsy, and north on Old Betsy back to the Leiske-Pultar parking lot.

First place prizes will be awarded in the following categories:

• Best lighted vehicle

• Best lighted float

• Best animal entry

• Best business entry

• Best children’s entry

• Best Pathfinder Club

• Best Adventurer Club

• Best antique entry

• Most unique entry

One entry will be awarded Best Overall and well receive a trophy.

The Type B board voted to use sales tax revenue to fund the $2 million Keene Community Center at the new Keene Municipal Complex that also includes the City Council Chambers and offices of City Hall. The board was honored as Citizen of the Year at the recent Keene chamber annual banquet.

Read is a longtime resident of Keene who was professor of music at Southwestern Adventist University before starting a real estate career. He was presented the Pioneer Award at the Keene chamber’s annual banquet in October. 

The parade is presented by the Keene Chamber of Commerce.

In the event of cancellation due to inclement weather, the parade will be 6:30 p.m. Dec. 9.

For parade entry information, call the Keene chamber office at 817-556-2995.

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Keene Chamber of Commerce
110 S. Old Betsy Road
Keene, Texas 76059
(817) 556-2995
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Christmas Light Parade and Fireworks Show
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