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Jensen holds Jubilee Parade & Festival

Jensen Jubilee & Festival organizer Pastor David Smith stands with Parade Marshal Jim “Mattress Mack” McIngvale on a wet stage, as the participants and award winners are announced.

The Eastex and Jensen communities held their annual Jubilee and Festival last Saturday, October 20, on a gray day with a slight rainfall.

In spite of the weather, a large crowd lined Jensen Street to see the parade, which included marching bands and dance units, fire and police, horseback units, and almost every political candidate that is running for office in Harris County.

The Grand Marshals for the Parade were Jim McIngvale of Gallery Furniture, and City Councilman Jerry Davis.

Also participating were State Representatives Armando Walle and Ana Hernandez, State Senator Sylvia Garcia, and Candidate for County Commissioner Adrian Garcia.

The Jensen Jubilee and Festival was sponsored by UT Physicians Clinic, who also donated scholarships to students from Sam Houston STEM High School.

Other participants included New Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church, Greater Jerusalem Baptist Church, Houston Northeast CDC, and the Jensen Jubilee Committee. The Jubilee was a fundraiser for the latter group, to fund community services and other local events.

About 30 vendors had booths, with information and free give-aways. There also was a bounce house, music, and a kid’s zone with face painting and a photo booth to keep everyone entertained, as well as several food trucks and booths.