Bryant to hold ‘Hall­mark Christ­mas’ pa­rade on Satur­day

The Saline Courier - - FRONT PAGE - By Elisha Mor­ri­son el­[email protected]­ton­courier.com

The Greater Bryant Cham­ber of Com­merce will hold the Bryant Christ­mas Pa­rade start­ing at 10 a.m. Satur­day.

“We be­lieve in com­mu­nity and this is a way for the com­mu­nity to come to­gether and cel­e­brate to­gether,” said Cham­ber Pres­i­dent and CEO Ja­son Brown.

This year’s pa­rade has sev­eral big changes. It has been moved from a night pa­rade and been moved to start at Mar­ket Place Av­enue in Bryant and end at Bryant Good­will.

Brown said the Cham­ber wanted to make the pa­rade safer and move it closer to lo­cal busi­nesses where peo­ple can shop be­fore or af­ter the pa­rade.

Many area busi­nesses plan to be open and of­fer spe­cial sales or have treats avail­able, such as hot co­coa.

“We didn’t have a sin­gle busi­ness that wasn’t ex­cited about it,” Brown said.

The Cham­ber plans to put out a flyer on Face­book and www.bryantcham­ber.com with all the spe­cial pro­mo­tions busi­nesses will be hold­ing for the pa­rade.

Brown en­cour­ages peo­ple to shop at the lo­cal busi­nesses and eat lunch.

The theme for this year’s pa­rade is “A Hall­mark

Christ­mas.”

“I think of old movies and a small town Christ­mas feel,” Brown said when what the theme means to him. He added that the Cham­ber left it open for each float’s in­ter­pre­ta­tion.

The Cham­ber is still ac­cept­ing en­tries through to­day. Brown said there are sev­eral floats and ve­hi­cles that have en­tered. Reg­is­tra­tion is $10. All rules, forms and pa­rade map can be found on the Cham­ber web­site.

Pa­rade par­tic­i­pants will line up at 9 a.m. All par­tic­i­pants must en­ter from Arkansas 5 and have the voucher they will be given when they sign up.

At the end of the pa­rade, floats can drop chil­dren off in the Good­will park­ing lot for their par­ents to pick up. The Cham­ber asks that any floats with­out chil­dren or whose chil­dren are with them on the float turn off on Har­vest Drive to end.

Brown sug­gests par­tic­i­pants park near Good­will for the pa­rade.

The spon­sors for the pa­rade are Geyer Springs First Bap­tist Church, Bryant Fam­ily Phar­macy and Cen­ten­nial Bank.

The Cham­ber plans to have three judges for the best dec­o­rated en­try. First place will get $100. Sec­ond will take home $75. Third will get $50.

There should be plenty of places for spec­ta­tors to park and watch the pa­rade.

Brown wants the com­mu­nity to check out the pa­rade and shop at lo­cal busi­nesses.

“It’s go­ing to be a great fam­ily fun event,” he said.

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