HOUSTON - The organizers of the 63rd Annual Holiday Parade presented by H-E-B are seeking volunteers to bring Houston s long-time tradition to life on Thanksgiving morning. Parade opportunities include: reserved seating ushers, banner or balloon carriers, admission ticket takers, hospitality hosts, costume characters and parade marshals.

The Holiday Parade takes place on Thanksgiving morning when nearly 400,000 spectators will line the streets of downtown Houston to watch the parade, showcasing colorful, animated floats, gigantic balloons, as well as performances by celebrity guests, marching bands, cheerleaders, dance groups and more.

Each year, viewers are able to watch the parade LIVE on KHOU 11 News.

Houston s Thanksgiving Day Parade began in 1949, when Santa arrived at Union Station and rode his sleigh to the downtown Foley's. Today, the annual Holiday Parade is produced by the Houston Festival Foundation, a 501(c)3 organization established in 1979, focused on multicultural education programs.

Each year, the foundation publishes a Teacher's Curriculum Guide written in conjunction with the Houston International Festival which reaches up to 900,000 students at Texas schools each year.

Volunteers are needed on Thursday, November 22, 2012 from 6 a.m. - 11 a.m. and must be at least 16 years old. If you are unable to volunteer on Thanksgiving morning, you also have the option of helping with event preparations on Wednesday, November 21, 2012, from 5 p.m. - 9 p.m. and also for various shifts throughout the week in downtown Houston.

Fill out an application online by clicking on this link or call 713-654-8808 for information.

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