The Sherman Chamber of Commerce hosted its annual Christmas parade on Saturday night, bringing festively colored floats, classic cars and performers galore together at Sherman’s courthouse square on Saturday night. The theme for this year’s parade was "Storybook Christmas," with many floats themed around Christmas tales and storytelling.

The Sherman Chamber of Commerce hosted its annual Christmas parade on Saturday night, bringing festively colored floats, classic cars and performers galore together at Sherman’s courthouse square on Saturday night. The theme for this year’s parade was "Storybook Christmas," with many floats themed around Christmas tales and storytelling.


This is the second year that the Chamber of Commerce has organized the annual parade, after it took over the event from the city in 2012.


The parade was planned for Dec. 6, but last week’s ice storm and prolonged winter conditions delayed the event until Saturday. Due to the change of date, some participants had to cancel, but it also allowed other groups to join, said Sherman Chamber President Eddie Brown.


The festivities began earlier in the afternoon with the Snowflake Festival, which featured crafts, warm beverages to cut the cold and toys and trinkets for the children.


This year’s parade featured about 80 floats and groups, said Brown. Entrants in this year’s parade included floats from local businesses, the Grinch, the Sherman Police Department Honor Guard, and the always-popular Santa Claus riding atop the bright pink Women Rock firetruck.


Dani Burke came to the parade for the first time since returning to Sherman in 2007. She said she was waiting until her daughter, Alexis, was big enough to enjoy the festivities.


"Are you excited about the parade," Burke asked her daughter.


"Yeah," replied Alexis, shyly.


Camille Ponder came with her family to see the parade. She hasn’t been to the event since she was a part of it, years ago, as a teenager, she said.


The parade proved to be popular with both people and dogs alike as Tiffany Drake brought Issac, her white German shepherd, to the event. Although not a part of the parade, Issac, who was sporting a collar with festive Christmas lights, proved to be popular with the kids.


"His job is to make the kids smile," said Drake. "I love it when the kids smile."


Mark Vickrey and his son Dylan came out to see the parade because they didn’t get to see the Denison parade earlier in the week; Dylan was in it representing his boy scout troop.


The Sherman High School Hi-Steppers and Bearcat Band both participated in the parade, with over 175 participants, said Brown. The Hi-steppers dressed in festive dance outfits, while the band played holiday classics like "We Wish You a Merry Christmas."


While attractions like Santa, and the band were popular with attendees, Ethan Fuller had a different favorite part of the parade. When asked, he responded with one word: "Policemen," referring to the Sherman Police Department Honor Guard, who led the parade.


Here are the full results from the parade contest: Grand Prize - A Christian Fellowship, First Place - Faith Church of Sherman No Limits Youth Group, Second Place - East Sherman Baptist Church - Touch of White, Decorated Vehicle -Women Rock, Equestrian - Texoma Quarter Horse Association.