Thousands of Lubbockites lined 34th Street for a chance to see Santa, see fun holiday themed floats and even drop of some Toys for Tots during the 17th Annual Miracles Christmas Parade.
The parade route travelled along 34th Street from Avenue Q to Indiana Avenue. The nighttime, lighted parade featured Santa Claus and about 40 parade units, including more than 20 floats from area businesses and non-profit groups, according to longtime parade organizer Spike Wideman.
This year’s parade theme was “Ugly Sweater Christmas.” Participants and spectators were asked to wear their ugliest sweaters of all kinds.
“The entire award-winning Spirit Program groups of Texas Tech University have been named to be the official Parade Grand Marshals for 2022,” said Parade Chairman Jason Davis ahead of the event.
“The TTU Spirit Program is comprised of the Tech Pom Squad, the Coed and All Girl Cheer Squads, The Masked Rider, and Raider Red. These students lead fans in supporting Tech Athletic events and they also serve as ambassadors at over 1,000 community events each year. We are very proud to have them be a part of our 17th Annual Parade,” Davis added.
Members of the U.S. Marine Corps brought a large truck and personnel to collect unwrapped toys from the public attending. This is the 75th Anniversary of the national Toys For Tots campaign. The parade traditionally serves as an event to gather unwrapped toys for needy children in the Lubbock area.
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