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Parade, Miss Tomball to kick off holidays

Tomball will welcome in the holidays on Saturday, Nov. 22, with the 49th annual Holiday Parade and Miss Tomball pageant.

This year’s parade theme is “A Star Spangled Christmas.” Grand Marshal for this year’s parade will be Marcus Luttrell, retired Navy Seal and author of the book Lone Survivor. The parade will honor those who have protected our freedom and continue to do so.

The parade will begin at 10 a.m. on Main Street.

“We are excited and very privileged to have Marcus Luttrell as our Grand Marshal for this parade with its patriotic theme,” Bruce Hillegeist, Tomball Chamber president, said. “This year’s event promises to be the best ever.”

Luttrell’s No. 1 New York Times bestselling book, “Lone Survivor,” tells the story of Operation Redwing, about four Navy SEALS and their horrific experience on the border of Afghanistan and Pakistan.

The Lone Survivor Foundation was established by Luttrell in 2010 to honor the friends that were lost in Operation Redwing. The foundation honors and remembers American warriors by providing rehabilitation, recovery and wellness opportunities for U. S. Armed Forces service members and their families.

This year’s parade has 160 entries. The annual two-hour procession celebrates holidays including Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day and draws thousands for the parade, lunch and shopping.

The Greater Tomball Area Chamber of Commerce will present the 2015 Miss Tomball Pageant in the Salem Lutheran Church worship center — a state-of-the-art performance venue — at 7 p.m.

Thirty-seven young women will compete for the title. The winner of the Miss Tomball title will receive a $1,000 scholarship.

For more information about the Tomball Holiday Parade or Miss Tomball, visit the Greater Tomball Area Chamber of Commerce website at www.TomballChamber.org or contact us at 281-351-7222 or at 29201 Quinn Road, Suite B.