79 en­tries set for an­nual Christ­mas pa­rade

North Jef­fer­son to be closed at 4 p.m. to­day for an­nual hol­i­day pro­ces­sion

El Dorado News-Times - - Front Page -

The 2017 an­nual Christ­mas Pa­rade, with a theme, “Christ­mas Through the Ages” and 79 en­tries, will be­gin at 7 p.m. to­day at the in­ter­sec­tion of 18th Street and North West Av­enue. The pa­rade will then pro­ceed south on North West Av­enue to the down­town area and will end at Jef­fer­son and Peach Streets.

At 4 p.m., to­day, North Jef­fer­son will be closed from 13th Street (be­hind Mel­lor Park Mall); 18th Street will also be closed from 13th to North West Av­enue for Christ­mas Pa­rade line-up, said Mike Du­mas, pres­i­dent and chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer of the El Do­rado-Union County Cham­ber of Com­merce.

Lead­ing this year’s pro­ces­sion will be the Boys and Girls Club ban­ner car­ri­ers, Grand Mar­shals and ROTC, all walk­ing groups.

They will be fol­lowed by the Park­ers Chapel Band, Anna Grace Langston (queen), Todd L. Tucker (car/truck), New Olive Branch Bap­tist Church (small float), Mow Money & Black to Ba­sics (car/ truck), Lanxess Christ­mas Night Fever (large float), Bar­ton Ju­nior High Band, H&R Block (car/truck), Park­ers Chapel Pee­wee Foot­ball (small float), Billy Wood Honda (two car/truck en­tries);

Camp Fire Club 56 (large float), Chris Lut­man for mayor (walk­ing group), Amer­i­can Le­gion (car/ truck), Mur­phy-Pi­tard Jew­el­ers (car/truck), Sunn Ebikes (mo­tor­cy­cle/ATV), Mil­i­tary Jeep (car/truck), Junc­tion City High School Band, Pack 18 Scout­ing through the Ages (small float), Pack 18 Boy Scouts (small float), Is­abella Burke (queen), Noal mark (car/truck), 870 - Rid­ers (mo­tor­cy­cle/ATV), Scar­let Bay Cates (queen), Mur­phy Arts Dis­trict (MAD) (large float), PJ’s Cof­fee (walk­ing group);

John M. El­liott (car/truck), Miss South­ern Arkansas Univer­sity (queen), No Lim­its Rid­ers (mo­tor­cy­cle/ATV), Smack­over Band, Davis Sis and Bro (two car/truck en­tries), Batts Chapel Bap­tist Church (small float), Anna Joyce Spaner and Tins­ley Bar­ba­ree (queen), Old Union Fire Depart­ment (car/truck), Smokey the Bear (large float), Daz­zling Diza Dance Team (2 walk­ing groups), Morn­ing Star Mis­sion­ary Bap­tist Church Two (large float), Cold­well Banker Du­mas & As­so­ciates Real Es­tate (small float), Pen­te­costals of El Do­rado (large float);

Home De­pot White Christ­mas (large float), Li­lah Ward (queen), Tokyo’s Doll House (car/truck), Greater Pow­er­house of De­liv­er­ance (small float), Kait­lyn Earnest (queen), Sims Mor­tu­ary (car/truck and mo­tor­cy­cle/ATV), Say­lor Greer (queen), El Do­rado Pee Wee foot­ball (walk­ing group), Street Re­spect MC (small float), Health Works Starz (small float), Kim­berly Miles Crys­tal Queens (walk­ing group), Tim­ber­lane Health & Re­hab (large float), Camp Fire 42 (large float), The Gale Gang (car/truck), Sec­ond/ Third/Fourth Hamp­ton Pee­wee Foot­ball (large float);

Court­yard Re­hab & Health Cen­ter (car/truck), Sal­va­tion Army (small float), Long’s Roofing (large float), Back to the 80s with Pika (car/ truck), An­tiguas (small float), Brown and Free­mans Auto De­tail (car/truck), Boys and Girls Club (large float), Camp Fire 22 (car/ truck), Black­mon’s Fur­ni­ture and Ap­pli­ances (two car/truck en­tries), An­to­nio Davis (car/truck), JPS Equip­ment Rental (large float), Hudson Nurs­ing Home (car/truck), F&J In­flat­a­bles (mo­tor­cy­cle/ATV), El Do­rado High School Band and Santa Claus.

Horse and rid­ing groups sched­uled to par­tic­i­pate in this year’s pa­rade in­clude Ewing Boys and Grand­kids Rid­ing Club, Me­gan Walters, Gabe Kirk­patrick, Ronetta Walters, Glenn Walters, Nisa Watkins and RC and Mav­er­ick Cow­boy Church.

Ter­rance Arm­stard/News-Times

Pa­rade prepa­ra­tions: Di­rec­tor of Op­er­a­tions for the Boys and Girls Club, De­n­e­sia Jamer­son, stands atop a flatbed truck trailer do­nated by Milam Con­struc­tion as she puts the fin­ish­ing touches on a float for the an­nual Christ­mas pa­rade.

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