By Allan Jamail
Galena Park, TX. – Saturday, December 9, 2017 — Galena Park Mayor Esmeralda Moya partnered with the Committee for a Better Galena Park to give the community its 2nd annual Christmas Parade.
The parade led by a police car with sirens blaring began on Clinton Drive as it worked its way through the heart of the city on Main Street. The parade ended at the city’s basketball pavilion in the park, food and refreshments were available along with arts and crafts vendors. The city’s float, “CANDY LAND,” was decorated with gingerbread men, peppermint candy canes and lollipops. The American Legion Post 499 had a float with patriotic flags of the Armed Forces. Judging the floats was Dorothie Harding, John Huff and Gina Gheller.
Communities In Schools (CIS) a non-profit organization had a beautiful decorated holiday season float and they had their kids dressed in the school’s tee shirts. The organization provides dropout prevention programs and works with at-risk students providing them with available community resources. By surrounding them with a community of support CIS empowers students to stay in school and to achieve in life.
Marching in the parade was the Galena Park High School Band, the Jacketeers and the Northshore High School JROTC.
Moya thanked the fire and police department personnel who kept the parade route safe for those coming out to enjoy the parade.
Mayor Moya said, “It’s all about the people. I would like to extend my appreciation to Commissioner Barry Ponder and the Committee for a Better Galena Park and all others involved in making the 2nd Annual Christmas Parade a success.”