The Newport Christmas parade will be held Thursday, Dec. 12 beginning at 6 p.m.
Entries are now being accepted at the Newport Area Chamber of Commerce for floats, walking groups, antique vehicles, beauty queens, horseback riders, school organizations, etc. Participants will be traveling down Hwy. 69 to Malcolm Avenue then down to Village Mall parking lot. Plaques will be awarded for first, second and third place for both the commercial and non-commercial categories. Entry is free, and participants may choose their own holiday theme. However, Santa Claus will be flying in early from the North Pole as the last entry in the parade, so please do not plan a “fake” Santa on your float. Float judging will begin at approximately 5:30 p.m. Please include the name of your business or organization on your float for judging.
Line up will be held in the parking lot across from Riceland Foods no sooner than 5 p.m. (McLain and Hwy. 69). Participants are asked to enter the parking lot from McLain Street and face toward Hwy. 69. There will be a line up crew on hand. The line up area will be very crowded. Those who are driving vehicles that will not be in the parade are asked to find parking on the Riceland side of Hwy. 69 and walk across to the line up area. If dropping off a parade participant, please do not enter the parking lot.
Entry forms are now available at the Chamber office. Completed forms may be faxed to 523-2528, dropped off at the Chamber at 201 Hazel Street, or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
In the event of inclement weather, parade participants will be notified of an alternate date.