Friday, November 17, 2017

TOP STORY >> Christmas parades roundup

Area communities have scheduled their Christmas parades.


Sherwood’s Christmas parade will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2. The theme is “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree.” Ron Duran will be grand marshal.

The parade will start at Kiehl Avenue and Lantrip Road and continue west down Kiehl. It will end at Oakbrooke Drive. For more information, or to request an entry form, call 501-835-9599 or email

The Advertising and Promotion Commission and the Parks and Recreation Department sponsor the event.


The Beebe Christmas parade is scheduled for 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2. This year's theme is “The 12 Days of Christmas.”

The entry fee for a float is $10. Registration form and rules can be found at Awards will be given in four categories: Commercial, civic, educational and religious. The parade will begin on Badger Drive at Beebe Public Schools office, will turn right onto Center Street, left onto North Main Street, left onto College Street and left onto Orange Street back to the school.

For more information, call the Beebe Chamber of Commerce at 501-882-8135.


The Lonoke Chamber of Commerce and the Wade Knox Children’s Advocacy Center will hold their second annual Lonoke Christmas parade at 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 3.

The theme is “Christmas and Candy Canes.”

Entry fee is $10 for a vehicle and $20 for floats. No animals or four-wheelers allowed in the parade. The route starts at the across from the Lonoke County fairgrounds at Third Street and Hwy. 89, turning left onto Center Street at the Courthouse and then left onto Holly Street ending behind the Gina Cox Center.

The parade coincides with the 34th annual Merry Thanks Christmas shopping event from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The Window Wonderland window dressing business competition will be judged at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 3. Entry fee is $10.

Get Your Lights On! Christmas Light Battle, a new residential competition will be judged at 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2. Entry fee is $10.

Deadlines for all events are 5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 27. For more information, call the Wade Knox Child Advocacy Center at 501-676-2552 or visit for entry forms, rules and maps.


Jacksonville Parks and Recreation will host the 60th annual Christmas parade at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 5.

The night parade features illuminated floats, Santa and parade favorites: marching bands, floats, dance groups and the fire department. The parade starts at the corner of Sharp and Main streets and ends at First United Methodist Church on West Main Street. Admission is free. Entry forms are available on the park’s website, Entry fee is $25. Awards will be given in several categories. For more information, call 501-982-4171 or visit


Ward’s Christmas parade will be 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9. It will start at Markham Street and Second Street follow along Hwy. 367, turning at Dollar General and come up Hickory Street to city hall.

A Christmas tree lighting will follow with cookies and refreshments served.

Entry fee for floats is $5. There will be awards for the top three floats.

Entry forms are available at the city hall reception desk. Deadline is Friday, Dec. 8.

For more information, call parks director Karen Dawson 501-843-7686.


Cabot’s parade will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 10. The theme is “A Hollywood-Movies Christmas!”

Participants are asked to select an idea or image that best represents their favorite memory or interpretation of the theme and use it to design their float.

Several marching bands, clowns, veterans groups, Santa Claus and more are set to participate. The parade committee wants businesses and community, church and civic groups to place an entry in the parade. Trophies will be awarded in the five categories of competition: School/civic, church, business, animal/equestrian and general/personal.

Entry forms, parade rules and route maps are available at the Veterans Park Community Center, the Cabot Chamber of Commerce office and online at

The deadline to register is Dec. 4.

Completed forms and a $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 continue north past Knights Shopping Center and will then turn left on Pond Street and end at Central Elementary School, which is the same route used for the homecoming parade.

The awards-presentation ceremony will be immediately after the parade at the Consolidated Administrative Services parking lot across the street from Knight’s, which is where the judges’ stage will also be located.

For more information, call 501-920-2122 or e-mail