Courtesy Tomball Chamber of Commerce
With the 47th Tomball Holiday Parade set to take place this weekend, this celebration is one that goes back as far as any other in the city's history. For another year, the residents of Tomball will gather downtown as a panoply of floats, music, lights and candy throwers take to the street.
The theme for the parade this year is “Candy canes and Christmas carols.” The Tomball Chamber of Commerce, which organized the event, is expecting particiapants to go all out in decorating their floats for the holidays.
The parade, which will travel a distance of about two miles, will feature more than 160 entries ranging from floats to horses and six different high school marching bands. Clowns and elves will be marching alongside the parade and Mr. and Mrs. Claus will make an appearance as well.
Wayne Graumann, a 35-year pastor with Salem Lutheran Church, was selected to be the parade's grand marshal. The event runs from 10 a.m.–noon. It starts off by the railroad tracks at the corner of Main and Elm streets and travels roughly two miles down to Buvinghausen Street. The best areas to watch will be along Main Street between Quinn Road and Elm Street.
The Miss Tomball Pageant takes place later in the evening at 7 p.m. and is also celebrating its 47th year as a Tomball tradition. A total of 38 contestants will compete for the title at the event, which is emceed by Houston Channel 13 news anchor Tanya Azad. Tickets can be purchased prior to the pageant at the Salem Lutheran Catholic Church from 6 p.m.–7 p.m.