Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Neches River Festival Parade

Photos by Mark M. Hancock / © The Beaumont Enterprise

Bands, floats and participants get organized before the Neches River Festival parade in Beaumont on Saturday, April 22, 2006.

(Left) JaNasea Stoker, 2, of Beaumont runs after some overthrown beads during the Neches River Festival parade.

(Below) Ozen High School students lead the band down Calder Avenue during the Neches River Festival parade in Beaumont.

Kelly High School junior Lauren Munro (right) prepares to board the Beaumont Heritage Society float before they ride in the Neches River Festival parade.


Bryon Houlgrave said...

Y'all seem to know how to have fun down there in Texas. Seems like every couple of weeks there's a festival of some kind.

Mark M. Hancock said...

Actually, most weekends there are anywhere from one to five festivals going on (except during hurricane recovery).
Festivals are the driving force behind the tourism industry in Texas.
The absolute best fest in Texas is GrapeFest in Grapevine (north of Dallas). It involves paying $20 to be in an fenced-in area and sampling wines from around the world for 90 minutes.
We call it the "Cage Match" because most sophisticated folks are hanging off the fence by the end of 90 minutes. ;-}

John Schreiber said...

Hmmmm...$20, unlimited alcohol, when might this fesitval be?? I will surely be in attendance.

Mark M. Hancock said...

It's in September. It's called the People's Choice award. The info is here:
BTW, it's only tastes (small samples). So you need to taste a lot to make it into a cage match. ;-}