We are thrilled to announce this year’s Spirit of Christmas Lighted Parade Grand Marshall - the Brownwood Regional Medical Center Volunteers. The Volunteers have served 1,002,917 hours from August of 1969 to date. They also have provided over $738,000 in scholarships to the allied health fields since 1974.

When asked about these volunteer BRMC CEO Chip Camp said: “The volunteers are truly a blessing to so many every day at the Brownwood Regional Medical Center.”

Eric Evans, parade coordinator for Southside Church said: “Each year we look to recognize organizations that exemplify the spirit of Christmas and the Pink Ladies and Blue Men, as we like to call them, are tremendous examples of those giving of them-selves to help someone else.”

Eric Evans said: “We are so excited that Brownwood Regional Medical Center has stepped forward to be our Presenting Sponsor this year and this is such a perfect fit for our Grand Marshal’s to be so closely tied to the Hospital.”

This year’s parade will kick off at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5. Last year there were over 100 floats/entries along with over 1,500 people in the parade, over 3,500 spectators watching, 100 plus volunteers and we expect the participation to be even greater this year. The parade will be televised by KTAB TV and broadcast live on KOXE. We have also added food venders from local non-profit organizations to this year’s festivities to help families get a great seat early to watch the parade and enjoy the even-ing as well as help these organizations raise funds for their cause. We want to encourage people to enjoy watching the parade along Fisk Ave. starting at the Courthouse and headed south to Baker Street. The parade is the same along the entire route and you do not have to stand in a crowd of people seven deep to watch the parade.

This year there will be Marching Bands, Dancing Drill Teams, Lighted Floats with great Christmas Music, local dignitaries from all across Brown County and a visit by Santa himself. Parade line up begins at 4 p.m. with street closings. Please do not cross any barricades this is dangerous for participants and spectators alike. The parade will start at Carnegie and Adams to Center Avenue to North Broadway to Fisk, to Baker and end at the Brownwood Coliseum.

Southside Church of Brownwood is in their fifth year of coordinating the operations of the parade. For additional information go to www.southsidebrownwood.org and click on the parade link and for pictures from past years visit us on Facebook at Brownwood Parades — Southside Church