Southlake Journal

December 23, 2013

Christmas parade lights up historic downtown Grapevine

The parade was rescheduled for Dec. 16 after an ice storm canceled the Dec. 5 event.

Rick and Stacy Kirkpatrick fell in love in high school and took joy in participating as students in the city’s annual Parade of Lights.

“I was on the cosmetology float and Rick was on a truck for the rodeo team,” Stacy Kirkpatrick said.

The Grapevine High School lovebirds and 1994 graduates, who have been coming to the parade ever since, said it has gotten bigger and better ever year.

As has their family.

On Dec, 16, the Kirkpatrick’s and their three children, Dustin, 15, Dylan, 13 — accompanied by his girlfriend Madeline McNichols — and Tori, 6, had a curbside seat to watch dozens of floats parade along Main Street in Historic Downtown Grapevine.

“It’s a family type environment,” said Rick Kirkpatrick of their annual participation. “Everybody gets so busy this time of year. It’s a time to slow down.”

Billed as the largest lighted Christmas parade in North Texas, the free Grapevine tradition featured dozens of lighted floats and marching bands.

“They’ve got bigger lights and bigger crowds,” Stacy Kirkpatrick said of the changes they have seen over the years.

Dustin, whose arm was wrapped protectively around his girlfriend in the cool night air, said he enjoyed the antique cars.

All members screamed in appreciation as the Grapevine High School float passed.

The highlight, as in previous years, was Santa and Mrs. Claus on the last float.

“I love Santa,” Tori exclaimed as the carriage carrying the jolly couple went by.

Go to www.grapevinecourier.com for a list of wining floats.

The Parade of Lights Winners, according to the Grapevine Chamber of Commerce, were:

• First Place: Dove Elementary Dad’s Club
• Second Place: Cannon Elementary PTA/Dad’s Club
• Third Place: Silver Lake Elementary Dad’s Club
• Fourth Place: Colleyville Heritage Lion’s Club
• Judge’s Merit: Glenhope Elementary Dad’s Club
• Best Marching Group: Grapevine High School Fabulous Fillies Varsity Dance Team

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