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Nolanville hosts 5th annual parade

Nolanville hosts 5th annual parade

By Sara Escobar

Nolanville held their fifth annual First Responder’s Holiday Parade Saturday, December 17. The festive parade, one of the many that takes place around the country, acts as a tribute to all first responder personnel; for the last five years, Nolanville’s celebration has drawn local police and EMS units, military personnel, city officials, and a growing number of organizations and clubs. This year, there were 20 associations that were a part of the parade line up, ranging from VFW & Combat Vets of Copperas Cove, Texas Tumblers, Missing Pieces Car Club, and even a special appearance by Santa. The parade began at 1 p.m. on Main Street and meandered through the city, where it concluded at Cavazos Elementary School.
“I’m pretty excited to be attending the parade today,” said Nolanville resident Erica Barriga. “My daughter, Anissa Gonzales will actually be on one of the floats. She’ll be with the community youth advisory group,” Barriga noted. Barriga also mentioned that she came here with her family from Arizona almost two years ago, and events like this in the community open up a new avenue to meet people. “I’m still getting around to meeting new people, so events like this really help,”
For first-time parade goer, Lisa Garcia, a huge difference has been noticed. “It’s my first time coming to this parade, but I’ve lived here for over 10 years,” Garcia says. “I’ve watched Nolanville grow considerably. I can see more of an effort being made now than ever before. It’s really nice that they’re trying to grow this city and make it better,” Garcia said. She brought her three-year-old son, Joshua Martinez, to enjoy the festivities of the parade.
“We are very pleased with the results of the parade,” said Nolanville City Manager Kara Escajeda. “Everyone seemed to enjoy the variety of different floats, and it continues to grow every year.”
In previous years, now resigned police chief, Gary Kent, was in charge of facilitating the parade. Kent came up with the idea for the parade in 2011, with the intention to highlight first responder’s as prominent members of the community. Kent’s last day with the police department was earlier this month, and Escajeda comments that this year, an interim police chief for Nolanville, Michael Hatton, made the appropriate coordination this year that made this event a success. For more information on events in Nolanville, call 254-698-6093.

Motorcycle clubs made their way through the First Responder Parade in Nolanville

Parade goers collect candy from the floats


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