Magnolia, Texas, is a small town on the outskirts of Houston with a population of 137,000 residents. The town is most known for the annual Texas Renaissance Festival, however, there are two parades that locals also look forward to attending each year. When that isn't enough, the nearby town of Pinehurst and the larger Houston host parades that Magnolians can attend.
Fourth of July Parade
The Magnolia Chamber of Commerce has been hosting the Fourth of July Celebration since 2009. The festivities take place at Unity Park beginning at 6 p.m. At 7:30 p.m., the Fourth of July Parade starts at the the Magnolia sixth grade campus and makes its way through the streets to Williams Pavilion. Anyone in the community is welcome to make a float to participate in the parade, and an award for the "Most Patriotic Float" is given out. The highlight of the parade is the military men and women who are honored as they participate.
Traditional Christmas Parade
Each year, the crew at the Magnolia Historic Depot transforms the facility into a Christmas wonderland. For three days, the depot is decorated for the holiday season, complete with an ice skating rink. Numerous family-friendly events take place during the festival. On the second day of the event, the Magnolia Chamber of Commerce puts on a traditional Christmas parade. The parade is held at 10 a.m., and features floats made by local community groups, Christmas music and the grand finale -- a visit from Santa Claus.
At just 3.7 miles away, Pinehurst is the closest city to Magnolia and residents often sneak over for the city's festivities. Pinehurst is home to one annual parade, which is the ACIA 4th of July Parade. This is a children's parade that begins at the Atascocita Library on July 4 at 10 a.m. The processional heads down Pinehurst Trail, ending at the pool parking lot of the Atascocita Country Club. Prizes are awarded to for the most creative float, the best bike and the best pet in the parade.
Twenty miles from the city center is Houston, the closest large city to Magnolia. Houston hosts numerous parades throughout the year, giving Magnolia residents the opportunity to celebrate annual events and holidays by attending the parades held in Houston. There is a parade for nearly every holiday, including Martin Luther King Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas. On top of that, there are classic car parades and even parades when the rodeo comes to town. Chances are, if something big is going on in Houston, there is a parade to celebrate it.
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