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Posted: Saturday, December 8, 2007 12:00 am

SAN BENITO — Tonight’s 57th Annual Christmas Parade will bring a Texas Cowboy Christmas to the Resaca City.

The parade, with its Wild West theme, is expected to attract a large crowd of spectators, organizers said.

Last year, the theme was Christmas Around the World, when floats were decorated as different countries to represent various cultures.

The parade starts at 6 p.m. along Sam Houston Boulevard in front of the San Benito Municipal Building, said Zeke Padilla, the president of the San Benito Chamber of Commerce, which sponsors the parade.

More than 100 entries are slated for the procession, he added.

In the past, the parade has employed themes ranging from Rock ’N’ Roll to A Cartoon Christmas.

“We wanted to change it up a little bit this year,” Padilla said of the Texas Cowboy Christmas theme.

Padilla said the parade will have all the traditional elements of a Christmas parade from religious floats to marching bands.

“I enjoy all the activities,” Padilla said.

The entries will also be judged in three categories: novelty and religious floats as well as marching bands. First place winners win $125, second receives $75 and third place earns $50, a news release states.

Aside from the parade, there are also a couple other community events planned this weekend.

The Christmas Carnival on the grounds of Plaza De San Benito in the 200 block of Heywood Street will be here until Dec. 10, Padilla said. The Christmas Bazaar in the same area started Friday and ends this weekend.

The events will have food, vendors and music, he said.

“It’s a good family event,” Padilla said. “We invite everyone to come with their family to San Benito.”

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