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Crowds enjoy 22nd Annual Christmas Festival in Crosby

Santa and Mrs. Claus were the highlight of the Parade. (MORE PHOTOS IN THE PRINT EDITION)

CROSBY – The community celebrated the 22nd Annual Crosby-Huffman Chamber of Commerce Christmas Festival and parade with lots of joy and bright smiles.

The festivities began Saturday at the Crosby Church on Highway 90. The church’s music hall was filled with booths from local business owners selling arts, crafts, treats, and homemade items. Crosby Music Academy provided entertainment at the festival.

The Crosby High School Cougar Stars sold all sorts of sweet treats and raffle tickets to the crowd. The raffle prizes ranged from microcore purses to an ice chest full of goodies.

Jennifer Godoy, Crosby High School dance director, said it is all for the community.

“That money goes back into the Chamber and the donations as well,” Godoy said.

Outside, children took full advantage of a petting zoo with chickens, goats, rabbits, and even a pony. There was also a bounce house and food trucks serving tacos and shaved ice. Patrons also enjoyed free hot dogs, popcorn, cotton candy, and chips donated by Kim Davila of JLA Realty.

Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus took pictures with festival visitors. A balloon artist created all sorts of animals and shapes for the kids.

The public was then treated to a lighted parade down FM 2100. The parade started at Crosby Middle School.

Many Christmas-themed decorated and lighted floats took part in the parade, with riders throwing candy treats to people lined up to see the floats. Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus were one of the parade’s biggest attractions, drawing many cheers as they waved to the crowd.

Kim Harris, Chamber president, described the holiday event as “great.”

“We had a great turnout,” Harris said. “Everyone seems happy and pleased. This is the Chamber’s way of giving back to the community every year. That is why we make it free for the public to come here and give away a bunch of stuff for free. We have sponsors to sponsor all of the businesses in town, and that helps me pay for the petting zoo and food.”