Volunteers Needed for the 63rd Annual Holiday Parade presented by H-E-B

Style News Wire | 9/27/2012, 6:44 p.m.
The organizers of the 63rd Annual Holiday Parade presented by H-E-B are seeking volunteers to bring Houston’s long-time tradition to ...

The organizers of the 63rd Annual Holiday Parade presented by H-E-B are seeking volunteers to bring Houston’s long-time tradition to life on Thanksgiving morning Thursday, November 22, 2012 from 6 a.m – 11 a.m. Those who are unable to volunteer on Thanksgiving morning have the option of helping with set up on Wednesday, November 21, 2012, from 5 p.m. - 9 p.m. and also for various shifts throughout the week. Parade opportunities include: reserved seating ushers, banner or balloon carriers, admission ticket takers, hospitality hosts, costume characters and parade marshals. Volunteers must be at least 16 years old. On Thanksgiving morning, nearly 400,000 spectators will line the streets of downtown to watch the parade make its way through Downtown Houston, showcasing colorful, animated floats, gigantic balloons, as well as performances by celebrity guests, marching bands, cheerleaders, dance groups and more. Houston’s Thanksgiving Day Parade began in 1949, when Santa arrived at Union Station and rode his sleigh to the downtown Foley's. Today, the annual Holiday Parade is produced by the Houston Festival Foundation, a 501(c)3 organization established in 1979, focused on multicultural education programs. Each year, the foundation publishes a Teacher's Curriculum Guide written in conjunction with the Houston International Festival which reaches up to 900,000 students at Texas schools each year. Applications are available at www.houstonholidayparade.com or call 713-654-8808 for more information.