Thirty-four entries have come in for Bryant’s 5th Annual Christmas Parade, sponsored by[more] Edwards Food Giant, on Thursday, Dec. 6 at 6:30 p.m. Others are welcome to join the parade and will be added at the end of the current lineup. “We have some really great, novel entries“ noted Carla Harris of Bank of the Ozarks, chairperson for the parade.
The 13-year-old World Series Champions will be the Grand Marshalls leading the parade. They are sponsored by Landers Auto Sales of Saline County.
“We need to stress the parade will be on Reynolds south of Interstate 30 going down Reynolds Road from Sullivan to Northwest 4th Street, right on Northwest 4th and right on Wise to Boswell to School making a complete circle back to the Middle School parking lot,” noted Rae Ann Fields, Executive Director of the Bryant Area Chamber of Commerce.
Since the predominance of the parade takes place in front of the new High School, the City of Bryant will place bleachers in front of the school. Viewers may sit on these stands for optimum viewing.
The parade line-up is at 5:30 p.m. at Bryant Middle School and proceeds down Sullivan to Reynolds Road.
Please enter the float line up area (at the Middle School Parking lot by the Football Stadium) by either School or Sullivan Road. Avoid coming down Sullivan after 6 p.m.as traffic may be backed up. If you are arriving after 6:15 p.m you will find Reynolds Road blocked by the police and you will have to find a way around and in through School Street or Woodland Drive.
Entries will line up by rows numbered 1-10, 11-20, 21-30, etc. Floats, walkers, etc., do not have to be in strict numerical order, but in the row that includes your parade number.
PARENTS DROPPING OFF CHILDREN TO RIDE FLOATS:
Please enter at Woodland Drive and go in front of the schools to the Middle School Parking lot. You will be dropping off your children in the first entrance of the parking lot by the cafeteria. We ask that YOU LEAVE BY EXITING THE SAME WAY YOU ENTERED so that drop off traffic does not cross float traffic coming in. Thank you for helping us keep it safe.
BE AWARE THAT REYNOLDS ROAD WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC BY THE POLICE AT 6:15 P.M. So if you want to drop off and get positioned to view the parade you MUST come early.
“Please be patient and courteous as this event is conducted by an all volunteer group. We invite you to be a part of planning and putting on the parade in the future,” noted Harris. Call 847-4702 or go to firstname.lastname@example.org to volunteer.
“It will be important to be colorful, visual and lighted,” said Harris. Part of parade judging will be on the lighting of each entry. All churches, school organizations, businesses and community organizations are invited to participate. A $10 entry fee ($15 for late entry) is charged to cover the administration of the event. Prizes are $100, $75 and $50.
Those interested in registering for the Christmas Parade can contact the Chamber at 847-4702 for more details or a form or go on line to www.bryantchamber.com and click on events. Please select “Christmas” parade.
Police Lead Car
13 Year Old World Series Champions
Edwards Food Giant
Legacy of Bryant Band of Bryant High School
Bryant Middle School Dance
Bethel Middle School Dance
Bank of the Ozarks
Lt. Gov. Mark Darr
Cub Scout Pack 3050
Bryant Boys and Girls Club
Rampage Softball Team
Bryant Animal Control
Hurricane Creek Elementary
Daryl Harding Army Jeep
Cub Scouts Pack 3055
Chick Fil A
Rock City Cruisers
Bauxite Fire Dept.
Brand New Church
Child Care Network
Bryant Varsity Dance Team
Griffin Leggett Mrs. Santa in carriage pulled by motorcycle
Bryant Fire Department with Santa