HOT SPRINGS -- The 2013 Oaklawn Rotary Christmas Parade will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, December 9 in downtown Hot Springs. This year’s theme is “It’s a Wonderful Life – in Hot Springs, Arkansas.” The rain date is Tuesday, December 10 at 6:30 p.m.
The parade will begin at the intersection of Central, Whittington and Park avenues, proceeding south on Central Avenue, turning east at Orange Street and disbanding at the Transportation Plaza. Residents are asked to remove all parked cars from the parade route by 5 p.m. on parade day. The parade route will be closed to through traffic at 6:15 p.m. Attendees are encouraged to dress warmly and stand on the sidewalk, not the street, during the parade. Street vendors and throwing of candy are not allowed during the parade.
This year’s parade includes more than 60 entries, including floats, marching bands and other entries. The Grand Marshal is veteran Oaklawn track announcer Terry Wallace. Parade co-sponsors include Summit Bank, Skip Holland and Brooke Dodd of Edward Jones Investments, Steamatic of Hot Springs, Sanders Plumbing, America’s Best Value Inn, Candlewood Suites and Garland County Title Company, with support from the City of Hot Springs.