The Annual Newport Christmas Parade took place on Sunday, December 16th at 3 pm. Due to rain on the original date, the parade was postponed. Newport turned out to enjoy the parade. The weather was amazing! One community was overheard saying, “I think this is the first time I have ever worn sunglasses to a Christmas parade.”

            Participants included commercial and non-commercial, as well as beauty queens and Newport High School Band. Winners included Merchants and Planters Bank & Insurance – 1st Place Commercial, Arkansas Department of Corrections - 2nd Place Commercial, Arkansas States University Newport – 3rd Place Commercial, Christ Academy Middle School - 1st Place Non-Commercial, Oak Grove Missionary Baptist Church- 2nd Place Non-Commercial, and John 3:17 Ministry- 3rd Place Non-Commercial.