Palestine gears up for annual parade


On Oct. 22, the streets of Palestine will fill with fun as the Hot Pepper Festival, the Palestine’s largest event, kicks off with the annual parade.

The parade begins at 10 a.m. at the Anderson County Courthouse, and winds through downtown Palestine before returning to the courthouse.

“Although the festival is a month away, we have received many parade applications,” said Heather Hrebec, events coordinator with the Palestine Parks and recreation department. “The outpouring of support from the community has been wonderful.”

Applications for the festival parade can be found at the city of Palestine’s Visitor Center, Civic Center, or the Parks and Recreation Office inside the Palestine Mall. Groups can also drop off completed applications. Applications are also available online at on the Hot Pepper Festival page.

This year, judges will choose winners in four categories; band, equine/carriage, automobile and float. A $300 cash award for overall best entry will be awarded.

The theme for this year’s festival is “Everything’s Hotter in Texas.” Hrebec said the idea came from committee members wanting to feature Texas as part of the festival.

“We are looking forward to a great day and lots of participation.”

This year, multiple-award winning entertainer Jack Ingram will headline the festival on Oct. 22. Ingram, best known for his song “Barefoot and Crazy,” was the 2008 Best New Male Vocalist by the Academy of Country Music. Also performing will be Hunter Hutchinson and Randal King.

To become a sponsor of this year’s Hot Pepper Festival, contact a member of the Hot Pepper Festival committee, or call the Parks and Recreation Department at 903-731-8435. Vendor applications can be found online at the city of Palestine’s page at 

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