Tuesday, November 10, 2015

TOP STORY >> Five cities plan their Christmas parades

Area cities have set dates for their annual Christmas parades. The following is a schedule and registration information:

The Jacksonville Boys and Girls Club is seeking entries for its 58th annual Christmas parade, which is set for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 1. The fee is $25, and the event is a fundraiser for the club. Nov. 20 is the deadline to register.

This year’s theme is “Jacksonville’s Night of Twinkling Lights.”

Call the club at 501-982-4316, drop by its location off Graham Road or visit the Jacksonville Parks and Recreation website for more information.

The parade’s West Main Street route begins at Popeye’s and ends at First United Methodist Church.

Following the parade, the chamber of commerce is hosting a Flix on the Bricks screening of “It’s a Wonderful Life” at the Esther D. Nixon Library pavilion, 703 W. Main St.

The Beebe Christmas Parade will be held at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 5. This year’s theme is “Winter Wonderland”.

The parade route starts on Badger Drive, turns left on West Center Street left on North Main Street, left on College Street and left on Lemon Street, before heading back to the Beebe High School.

Sherwood’s annual Christmas parade will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5.

The theme will be “An American Christmas.” Don Hindman, director of the Jack Evans Senior Center, will be the grand marshal.

It will start at Kiehl Avenue and Lantrip Road and will continue west down Kiehl and end at Oakbrooke Drive.

To request an entry form, call Sherwood Chamber of Commerce director Marcia Cook at 501-835-7600 or email shwdchamber@att.net.

The Ward Christmas Parade will be held at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12. The entry fee is $5. Applications must be turned in by 4:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 11 at the Ward Municipal Complex receptionist office.

The parade will line up along Front Street and travel up Markham Street from Front Street to Hwy. 367, then turn left past the Dollar General store and up to Hickory Street, ending in front of City Hall along Fourth Street.

The grand marshal will be state Rep. Joe Farrer (R-Austin).

For more information, call the Ward reception office at 501-843-7686 or Jamee Moore at 501-743-2710.

Cabot’s annual Christmas parade will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 13.

This year’s theme is “Christmas Around The World.” Participants are asked to select an idea or image that represents their favorite memory or interpretation of the theme and use it to design their float.

There will be several marching bands, clowns, veterans groups and Santa Claus.

Organizers encourage businesses and civic and church groups to participate by placing some type of entry in the parade. Trophies will be awarded in the five categories: best school or civic group, best church float, business and one for best animal/equestrian or general/personal entry.

Entry forms, parade rules and route maps will soon be available at the Veterans Park Community Center, the Cabot Chamber of Commerce office and online at www.cabotparks.com.

The deadline to enter is Monday, Dec. 7. Completed forms, along with the $10 entry fee, should be sent to: Cabot Christmas Parade, P.O. Box 1101, Cabot, Ark. 72023.

The parade will travel South Pine Street/Hwy. 89, beginning at Panther Trail, and, continuing north past the Knights Shopping Center, make a left turn onto Pond Street and end at Central Elementary School.

It is the same route of the Cabot Homecoming Parade.

For more information, call 501-920-2122 or email cabotbeautiful@yahoo.com.