Johnson construction forces parade changes

The ongoing construction on Johnson Street has forced changes to the Dec. 2 Burleson Rotary Parade of Lights, officials said.

“The normal route had to be altered this year,” explained Dan Taylor, Burleson Rotary Club past president.

Route changes include:

• The new route will still start from Kerr Middle School but will travel south down Irene Street, turn left onto SW Gregory Street, then left onto Warren Street. 

• The parade will make a two-block square in Old Town when it turns left onto W. Eldred Street, a right onto Bransom Street, a right onto Ellison Street passing by City Hall, then a right onto Wilson Street. 

• The parade will then turn right to get back onto Eldred Street and go back down Warren Street onto Gregory Street again, ending in the parking lot of Kerr Middle School.

A statement from the city thanks residents for their cooperation and patience with the new route due to the much-needed drainage construction that is taking place on Johnson Avenue. “The projected six-month drainage project began in July and will wrap up in January 2018,” the statement reads. “The project’s start time was based on the contractor’s ability to begin the work. We, as a city, understand that Johnson Avenue is a highly-traveled road for many of our residents and we look forward to having it open and operating fully in January.” 

The annual lighted Christmas parade – sponsored by the Burleson Rotary Club in conjunction with the city – is followed by the city’s tree lighting and fireworks show.  

“The tree is outfitted with more than 10,000 lights, which will be turned on by Santa and his helpers,” the statement reads. “Singers and dancers entertain the crowd while Santa breaks away from the parade and makes his way to the city stage. Make sure to stay and watch the holiday fireworks.”

For reasons of continuity and to prevent any confusion, no alternate Santa Clauses will be allowed to participate in the parade, officials said,

Residents are urged to participate in the related food and blanket drive by bringing canned or dry goods and-or new blankets to the Christmas Parade of Lights, officials said. 

“Rotarians and Mayor’s Youth Council will be walking the parade picking up the donated items,” the city statement shows. “Food collected will benefit Burleson Harvest House, Promises Community Ministries and PacMin of FUMC Burleson.”

Taylor said the parade this year starts at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 2.

“Lineup begins at Kerr (Middle School, 517 SW Johnson Avenue) at 4 p.m.,” he said.

Online: https://www.burlesontx.com/1710/Christmas-Parade-Tree-Lighting-Fireworks

Date: December 2, 2017

Time: 6 p.m. - Parade of Lights Starts, followed by the Christmas Tree lighting, 8 p.m. Fireworks

Location: Old Town Burleson, Corner of SW Johnson Avenue & W Ellison Street

Cost: Free

Parade Information: The Burleson Rotary Club presents the Christmas Parade of Lights at 6 p.m. The parade begins at Kerr Middle School and will end in Old Town. 

Important: No additional Santa Clauses will be allowed in the parade. 

Questions?  Call the Brick, 817-426-9104

Burleson Star

327 N.W. Renfro St.
PO Box 909
Burleson, TX 76028-0909

Phone: 817-295-0486
FAX: 817-295-5278