LUBBOCK, Texas – The treasured annual Parade of Lights is back this year and kicks off the holiday season with some special treats for the community. The event was canceled last year due to COVID restrictions, but is expected to be bigger than ever.
Lubbock ISD fine arts director Andrew Babcock said people can expect to see a preview of the group that will travel to Washington, DC in the summer of 2022.
âThe bands are actually from Lubbock ISD are all going to come together and create a big band from across the district,â Babcock said. “So that we can celebrate and kind of reborn this parade of miracles this holiday season.”
Babcock said it was the perfect opportunity to debut with the band as a whole and share in the holiday cheer.
âThis is a great opportunity for us to come together again as a community to be together,â Babcock said.
Former President and current board member of The Parades, Andy Turner, has proudly been a part of the event from the very beginning. Turner said it has turned over the years into something of a tradition for the community to celebrate the magic of the season.
âI look forward to the bandsâ¦ What brings me back is the joy that the spectators feel,â said Turner. âThe real spirit of Lubbock is the citizens and the way they care for each other. And when you look at it from the parade, you see it for 2 miles. ”
Over the years, the parade has drawn thousands of people, and Turner said it was a great opportunity to give back as well.
âEvery year since we had the parade, we have honored the Toys for Tots campaign of the United States Marines,â said Turner. “And it’s pretty exciting to see a 6 year old wearing a new Christmas toy walk up to a uniformed US Marine and hand it to him.”
The event is scheduled to start Saturday evening at 6:00 p.m. To see more details, click on the link.