I've watched or participated in many Christmas parades over the years. It's always been one of my favorite events. This year the 28th Annual Christmas Parade is Monday, Dec. 3 at 7 p.m. in Downtown Texarkana.The theme for this year's parade is "Spirit of Giving" - meaning that Main Street Texarkana is collecting canned goods for Harvest Texarkana and new unwrapped toys for the U.S. Marine Reserve Toys for Tots drive. Bring your donations to drop off at the Downtown Post Office and the Front Street Festival Plaza.

This year's parade will feature a new route with a familiar lineup. For more information or entry forms visit mainstreettexarkana.org.