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Longview's Christmas parade to 'rock' Thursday

From staff reports
Dec. 5, 2017 at 11:51 p.m.

2017 Longview Christmas Parade route

The Longview Ambucs Christmas Parade is set to roll Thursday evening in downtown Longview.

The parade, with a theme of "A Rocking Christmas," will begin moving west at 6:30 p.m. on Whaley Street from Green Street.

Staging for the parade begins after 5 p.m. on East Whaley Street between Green and Fifth streets.

The parade will move west on Whaley to Horaney Street before turning south, then turn back east on Methvin Street past the Gregg County Courthouse and U.S. Post Office all the way to its end at Third Street, according to this year's route map.

"There is some construction at the corner of Whaley and Fredonia that we're going to have temporary service put down," Main Street Manager Melida Heien said, "so we would ask that people are mindful when crossing this area."

Several downtown streets will be closed to vehicles beginning at 5:30 p.m. Barricades will be placed around about an eight-block staging area east of the Gregg County Courthouse and the 300 block of East Methvin Street.

Access to the outdoor drive-through locations of Texas Bank and Trust will be permitted until 6 p.m.

Most downtown streets should reopen later Thursday night.

Parade entries sold out more than a week ago, as organizers said they wanted to limit floats and other entries to about 125.

Admission is free, and attendance is expected to reach about 12,000 people, officials said.

For information, call (903) 237-4040.

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