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AITP helps with San Antonio River Parade

Wednesday, December 1, 2004   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Kevin Jetton, 2004 Holiday River Parade Chair

Members of AITP helped "in a major" way at the 2004 Ford Holiday River Parade on Friday night, November 26, 2004 as the beautiful San Antonio Riverwalk was turned into a holiday wonderland! 20 floats actually floated on the San Antonio river. All were decorated to the theme "A Children's Christmas". When you combine a full moon, mild temperatures (I was in shorts and a polo shirt), 122,000 colored lights in the trees lining the Riverwalk, and 150,000 people - you have a holiday party, San Antonio style!

Here was the time-line:
Noon Volunteer Check-In area setup
2pm Captain Check-in
3pm Volunteer Check-in
7pm Lights, Camera & Parade
8pm+ Fold/Stack Chairs and enjoy the rest of the evening

AITP members from all over Region 3 came to not only see the parade but help out:

Parade Chairman:
Kevin Jetton
(San Antonio chapter liaison)

Seating Captain:
Everett Welch
(San Antonio chapter President)

Seating Volunteers:
Teresa Hickerson & Family
(Region 3 President & EF Regent)

Brian & Margie Batchelder
(Big Country Chapter Member)

JoAnn Gude & Darlene English
(San Antonio chapter members)

Also, four of my e-commerce course students from Texas State University - San Marcos also helped out (for extra credit of course).

The parade will be broadcast in 52 television markets (live or on a tape-delay basis) - many of which have AITP chapters. As you enjoy the holiday season and notice a broadcast of the famed San Antonio Holiday River Parade in your town - watch it, enjoy it with your family and remember that AITP helped make it all happen!

Happy Holidays from AITP and San Antonio!

Kevin Jetton
2002 AITP Association President
Paseo del Rio Association Board Member & Holiday River Parade Chairman

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