Santa Claus has already been spotted making appearances throughout Brown County, but he will make a spectacular entry to Brownwood next Friday in the annual Magical High-Lights of Christmas Parade.

The annual event kicking off the holiday season will begin at 6 p.m. Friday in downtown Brownwood. A series of illuminated vehicles and floats will weave through the central business district.

The parade is co-sponsored by the Brownwood Jaycees and Downtown Brownwood Inc.

Entries are being sought for the parade. Planners said no deadline has been set, and registration is not required. However, early sign-up will allow planners to prepare for entries, Pat McLaughlin, contact person for the Brownwood Jaycees, said. He added that “over-lighted” entries are encouraged.

No entry fees are charged to enter the parade.

Awards will be given in the following categories: Best of Parade, Best Lights, Club/Civic Organization, Choir, Company/Industry, Equine, Religious, School, Vehicle, and Most Patriotic. For safety reasons, the sponsors ask that nothing be thrown from a moving entry. However, walkers may distribute candy or other items by hand. Also, no open flames are allowed on floats unless approved by the Brownwood fire marshal.

The Jaycees will provide the only Santa Claus allowed in the parade, and individuals dressed as Mr. or Mrs. Claus are not permitted to participate.

Lineup for the parade will begin near the Brownwood Coliseum at Baker and Washington streets at 4:30 p.m. Judges will begin evaluating entries for the contest awards shortly after that.

Parade entry forms and additional information are available on the Brownwood Jaycees’ Web site, Entry forms are available there and at several local businesses, and may be delivered to McLaughlin at BCI, 207 W. Commerce, Brownwood, or mailed to P.O. Box 2268, Brownwood TX 76804.