Details for Wednesday’s (Jan. 9) parade celebrating the Longview Lobos’ state championship win are coming together, with a Friday cutoff for organizations to let the district know they’d like to be part of the show.
The parade will kick off at 6:30 p.m, but the fun starts before then at 5:30 p.m. That’s when a pre-parade celebration will began at Heritage Plaza in downtown Longview, according to district spokeswoman Elizabeth Ross. She said Eastman Credit Union and Christus Good Shepherd Medical Center-Longview will be providing children’s activities there before the parade starts. The Lobo Store and Class of ’79, along with food trucks and other activities, also will be part of the pre-parade event.
The district is working on a “fun surprise” for the way the winning football team will appear in the parade, Ross said.
“The Lobo football team will be riding in the parade, and we are currently working on something exciting for the crowds to see them on,” she said in an email.
The fan bus that followed the team for the season also will follow the players during the parade.
People still wishing to enter the parade can email Ross by Friday at email@example.com. Some details still are being finalized, but Ross said parade participants include radio station KYKX, school board members, Lobo cheerleaders, the band, LOBO LOUD Crowd, football coaches, Longview High School Interact Club and ROTC and the Dog Pound.
The parade route is generally the same route the annual Christmas parade follows, with a couple of differences, including that it will not cross High Street. The parade will start at Green and Whaley streets, travel west on Whaley past the Gregg County Courthouse to Center Street, turn south on Center Street and then return east on Methvin Street to end at First Street.
Watch for street closures around that route in advance of the parade.
The Lobos won the Class 6A, Division II title Dec. 23 over Beaumont West Brook with a score of 35-34 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington.
NOTE: This story originally published Jan. 2. The deadline for organizations wanting to participate has passed.