DeSoto's Hometown Holiday Parade Returns
- Written by City of DeSoto City of DeSoto
- Published: 29 November 2018 29 November 2018
DeSoto, Tx - One of the surest signs of the arrival of the holidays in the Best Southwest Cities Region of the Metroplex was the return of DeSoto’s Annual Hometown Holiday Parade which celebrated 46 years as a regional holiday mainstay.
This year’s parade was held Thursday evening, November 29th, and featured all the fun and excitement that DeSoto residents have come to expect over the years along with some new twists. In addition to a classic parade followed by a festive celebration in Zeiger Park featuring picture taking with Santa Claus, rich hot chocolate, and a variety of comfort foods from area food trucks, there will be a formal “Battle of the Bands” between DeSoto High School and arch-rival Cedar Hill High School. But the biggest change this year was the brand new route running from Westmoreland Road at Eagle Drive and ending at Zeiger Park, 400 Eagle Drive.
“We wanted everyone to pay attention to the route change and to make it a point to park and be in place early so they didn’t miss one moment of this incredible holiday experience,” noted M. Reneé Johnson, Managing Director of DeSoto Parks & Recreation.
DeSoto’s Hometown Holiday Parade is one of this city’s longest running and most beloved traditions. Whether you are a long-time resident, or new to the community, this annual parade was likely to be one of the yearly highlights of your overall DeSoto experience.
“Few events tie together our city’s past, present, and future, or illustrate the spirit of our residents any better than DeSoto’s Annual Hometown Holiday Parade,” observed DeSoto Mayor Curtistene McCowan. “This spectacular parade is entering its 46th year and many of the young, energetic participants that we’ve seen marching in parade’s past have gone on to be the leaders in many different sectors and industries in DeSoto and the region. The Hometown Holiday Parade is literally our living history!”