Mexia braves cold temps for Christmas parade

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With his sleigh apparently in the shop, Santa uses a riding mower from Jackson’s True­Value to make the Mexia Christmas Parade of Lights Thursday night. Mexia News photos/Roxanne McKnight

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer

A few hundred residents turned out for the Christmas Parade of Lights in downtown Mexia Thursday, bundled up against the cold and many wrapped in blankets as the temperature hovered just above freezing.

Many others participated in the parade, on lighted floats, in a marching band, on motorcycles, in the back of pickup trucks emblazoned with the name of their group or cause on the side, and even a few on horseback.

The parade started at the intersection of Commerce and Kaufman streets, proceeded downtown, turned left on Sherman, traveled one block over to Main Street and turned left to proceed back to Kaufman Street.

Mr. and Mrs. Mistletoe this year were Elmer and Martha Beene, and they led the parade after several police cars established the path for the parade route.

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