Southside Church is excited to announce the 2012 Spirit of Christmas Lighted Parade Grand Marshall — Family Services Center. In our fourth year as coordinator and sponsor of the annual parade it is a great opportunity to highlight an organization that exemplifies the Spirit of Christmas by giving back to the community. The Family Services Center is just such an organization. Pictured is the core group of workers that go above and beyond in trying to offer mental health and life choice assistance to families of all make and models. The non-profit Family Services Center is led by Doak Givan and serves not only Brownwood but all of the surrounding nine counties as well. You can find out more about Family Services Center by visiting their web site at

The Grand Marshall — Family Services Center will lead this year’s Spirit of Christmas Lighted Parade and be fol-lowed by 100 entries from Marching Bands, Lighted Floats, Horses, Fire Trucks, Costumed Characters, Stage Bands, Singers, Dancers and of course the man-of-the-season Santa Clause will be there. Eric Evans of Southside Church stated: “We expect this year’s parade to be the largest and longest one we have ever coordinated.” “We have expand-ed the parade to go completely around the County Courthouse — this will help the parade to not meet itself before all the floats have left the staging area.” There will also be vendors selling Hot Chocolate and small inexpensive “glow” toys for the kids. This year the parade will be broadcast live on the Wendlee Broadcast stations as well as KOXE beginning at 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6. KTAB Channel 32 out of Abilene will be rebroadcasting the parade as well.

There are still some spaces left in this year’s parade but space is limited to 100 entries. Visit the parade website at and click on the Spirit of Christmas Lighted Parade tab or you can call the church office at (325) 646-0844 to get additional information.