If you love a parade....you`ll love this week in the four states. The Christmas parade season formally kicked off last night in Southwest Missouri and Southeast Kansas. The city of Carthage held its annual parade last night. Hundreds of local residents lined the Carthage square to see a wide range of marching bands and floats. There was also a parade last night in Pittsburg, Kansas. Events continue tonight, December 3, with the Joplin Jaycees parade which begins at 7:00 and runs from 20th to 1st Street along Main. A host of parades are also scheduled for later this week. The 5th annual Girard parade will take place Thursday night at 6:30. The Parsons, Kansas parade is also scheduled for Thursday night at 7:00 p.m. The Picher, Oklahoma parade begins at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday. The Baxter Springs parade will start at 2:00 p.m. Saturday afternoon. The annual Neosho Christmas parade begins at 5 p.m. Saturday afternoon. And finally, the Miami, Oklahoma parade is scheduled for Saturday night at 6:00 p.m. Several other communities also have parades scheduled for this week. Contact your local chamber of commerce for more information.