Merry marchers: Christmas parades will take place this weekend

Tuesday, November 29, 2016
The Carroll County holiday season kicks off with a trio of parades this weekend. (Photo by David Bell/Carroll County News)

Streets across Carroll County will be filled with floats and festivities this weekend.

Berryville, Eureka Springs and Green Forest will all have their annual Christmas parades on Friday and Saturday, giving citizens and visitors three chances to take in some holiday cheer.

Berryville

Berryville's annual Christmas parade will start making its way through town at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3. This year's theme is "Let the Music Fill the Air." The parade route will start near Danny's Tire and end at the Berryville Community Center.

Float staging will be at Southern Heights Baptist Church on Highway 221 South. Judged participants are asked to be on location by 5:45 p.m., and non-judged participants are asked to be on location by 6 p.m.

Car, pedestrian, bike, motorcycle and all-terrain vehicle staging will be at the Carroll County Senior Activity and Wellness Center parking lot. Judged participants are asked to be on location by 5:45 p.m., and non-judged participants are asked to be on location by 6 p.m.

Equestrian staging will be at The Zone parking lot. Judged and non-judged participants are asked to be on location by 6 p.m.

All judging will occur on the parade route this year to enable each entry to be judged in action.

Monetary prizes will be awarded for Best Overall Float, Best Church Affiliated Float or Non-Profit Club, Best Corporate Float, Best Decorated Automobile, Best Decorated Bike, Motorcycle, ATV or miscellaneous, Best Equestrian and Best Pedestrian.

Registration forms are available at the Berryville Community Center or online at BCC.Berryville.com.

Eureka Springs

Eureka Springs' annual Christmas Parade of Lights will illuminate the streets at 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2.

This unique parade is organized by the Greater Eureka Springs Chamber of Commerce and sponsored by Equity Bank. It will feature bright lights, holiday tunes, magnificent floats, marching bands and, of course, Santa Claus. This year's theme is "Toyland." The parade will be on Spring Street and will run from Crescent Drive to Main Street.

For more information about the event contact Jessica Wheeless at Jessica@EurekaSpringsChamber.com, call 479-253-8737 or visit EurekaSpringsChamber.com and click on events.

Green Forest

The Green Forest Chamber of Commerce is hosting the annual Christmas parade at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 3. This year's theme is "Christmas Around the World."

The parade route will start on Phillips Street in front of the high school and will continue up the north side of Ratzlaff Avenue through the town square. Then the parade will turn left onto Highway 62 and travel west to the stoplight before turning left onto South Springfield. The parade will conclude its journey by traveling back to the high school.

Parade entry forms can be filled out at County Craft Farm at 202 W. Main Street. Interested parties can also register the morning of the parade in the lobby of the Old Gym. Every parade participant will need to stop by the Old Gym lobby that morning to make sure they have picked up their entry number so their float or parade entry can be judged.

On the morning of the parade, floats can start lining up at 9 a.m. around the high school on Phillips Street, Eighth Street or Ninth Street. There will be parade volunteers lining up the floats.

Cash prizes will be awarded for Antique Vehicle, Bicycle or ATV, Commercial Entry, Bands or Musical Group, Civic Group, Club or Church, Equestrian and Lawnmower or Go-cart.

Also on that Saturday, the chamber will host Breakfast with Santa from 8 :30 a.m. to 11 a.m. in the Green Forest Alumni Center at 610 Lt. Goins Ave. The cost is $5 per adult and $2 per child. There will be fresh pancakes, sausage, hot chocolate, juice and coffee. Children will have the opportunity to sit on Santa's lap and reveal their Christmas wishes. Parents may bring their cameras to capture a picture of the moment.

For more information on the parade or breakfast call Ross Darby at 501-554-5846.

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