Past mayors will be invited to be parade marshals in the Vilonia Christmas parade set for 5 p.m., Dec. 1.
Finalizing plans, the parade committee asked City Clerk Kelly Lawrence to extend the invitation to the five or six living mayors who have served in past years. There was discussion regarding the mayors riding in convertibles.
The theme for the parade, “Illuminating Christmas’s of the Past,” was also approved. Luminaries, icicles, disco balls, aluminum foil stars and artificial trees will be perfect decorations for the event, according to organizers.
“As long as there are lots and lots of lights,” said member Jim King. “They need their floats all lit up.”
Recognitions will be awarded for the outstanding floats from categories including churches, business, school, non-profit and overall. A staging area for the judges is to be set up on Main Street in front of Vilonia Realty.
Readying for the parade, entrants are to gather at the Vilonia City Park and be in place no later than 4:45. There was discussion regarding drop-offs and possible congestion at the park. Police Chief Brad McNew is encouraging large groups to meet elsewhere and come in together allowing all to be placed together.
The rule for the line-up this year, he said, “you will be lined up as you come in.”
After the parade, everyone is invited to the Festival of Trees and Soup Supper sponsored by the Museum of Veterans and Military History to be held in the Vilonia High School cafeteria. In addition to a soup supper, the event will include an auction of Christmas related items such as wreaths and decorated Christmas trees. The proceeds will go to the museum.
Also at the high school, free photos of children and Santa will be available. This event is to be sponsored by the Vilonia Fire Department.
The Vilonia Area Chamber of Commerce is currently accepting applications. For more information, call 501-499-1312.