Tyler's annual Christmas parade is set to start at 6 p.m. Thursday (Dec. 3).

The Rotary Clubs of Tyler have put in countless hours of work for the past two months preparing for the annual event. Lots of coordination goes into planning an event of this size, and one that seems to be growing.

Parade Coordinator Amanda Folmar told me yesterday the number of entries has increased to nearly 100. The parade will begin at 6 p.m. in Downtown Tyler near the intersection of Broadway and Bow St., and continue south toward the Square, where it will turn left in front of KLTV.

Across the street, on T.B. Butler Foundation Plaza, is where you'll find Lucky Larry and myself introducing you to each participant as they pass. The parade route will continue down Ferguson, take a left on College, and another left on Erwin. The parade crosses Broadway, and then turns left again on Spring heading north toward Locust.

After the parade is complete, Mayor Heines will light the Christmas tree on the plaza, and Liberty Hall will show National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation. Tickets are $7 and are on sale now.

The film is scheduled to start at 7 p.m., but the start time may be delayed until after the parade finishes.