Waskom’s Christmas Parade Day drew visitors from around the Ark-La-Tex, with festivities beginning at the Great American Mural Market and Victor’s Hangout, to the legendary T.C. Lindsey General Store annual Christmas party celebration, hosted by the Vaughan family members.
Santa Claus visited T.C. Lindsey’s, to the delight of the historical store’s many customers and visitors.
Syble Elliott, who retired after her faithful service of 60 years in 2017, was happy to attend the store’s much anticipated Christmas gathering. It was bright, colorful and welcoming, full of the old-world charm and a unique variety of goods.
At the beginning of the day, a bike and car show took place at the Great American Mural Market, Victor’s Hangout and the First Baptist Church of Waskom.
Santa Claus brightened up Waskom’s annual Christmas Parade on the famous Hwy. 80 West through the heart of the bustling, growing city. Participants and visitors came from Shreveport, Louisiana, Elysian Fields and beyond.
Waskom Mayor Jesse Moore, the Waskom Fire & EMS Rescue, Waskom Police, Waskom Independent School District Police and WISD Supt. Jimmy Cox, Waskom Citizen of the year Buddy Killion were amongst many attendees of this year’s festivities.
The municipality brass turned out in their city regalia and armada of cars, collector vehicles, motorcycles galore, the Waskom High School marching band, Cheerleaders, Waskom Football junior and varsity teams, Baton Drill teams, the Waskom Karate Dojo, all tossing candy left and right, to kids of all ages, as Santa traded in his sleigh of reindeers for riding atop a Waskom Fire Hook & Ladder truck.
As the participants lined up to begin the parade, an assembly of churches and youth organizations made their way into their designated positions. Parents and sponsors were helping with costumes, excitedly piling on candy bags to share the joy of Christmas.
In attendance and in the parade was the United Methodist Church of Waskom, First Baptist Church of Waskom, St. Lawrence Catholic Church and Church of Christ. Peggy Peal was tirelessly collecting donations of canned food items for Operation Hope, sponsored by the First Baptist Church and Church of Christ.
The Christmas in Waskom Parade Day was a success, as the holiday season begins with family and friends traveling to and from their homes here and from afar, to share the good tidings and Christmas Spirit.
City businessman Bill Ledger was elated with the turnout of car and motorcycle enthusiasts, adding to the flavor of the parade and a colorful Christmas celebration in Waskom.