What better way to ring in the holidays than with a “Holidays Around the World” themed Christmas parade? Every year since I was a kid, I’ve watched the Thanksgiving Day parade on television; I especially loved seeing all the floats and giant balloons. While I still enjoy a parade, it’s even better because I get to watch the wonder in my kids’ eyes as they enjoy everything there is to see.
This year’s Rogers Christmas Parade was held downtown on Poplar, First, and Walnut Streets. The floats and parade participants just kept coming, leading the parade on for at least 45 minutes, if not more.
As the Rogers Police kicked off the parade, you could feel the excitement in the air. People began to exit their cars and stand on the curb, waving and enjoying each float and vehicle that passed by. Several area businesses and organizations participated…organizations like clubs, non-profits, emergency services, Scout troops, FFA, pet care facilities, a local wildlife refuge, area schools, churches, banks, restaurants, stores, and more. Kids and adults waved and shouted “Merry Christmas!” or sang Christmas carols as they passed.
Parade walkers passed out treats, trinkets, and coupons for area businesses. I had to laugh when Jacob made a comment that this was better than Halloween, as he stuffed his pockets with treats each passer-by handed him.
While the floats…light-covered boats, classic cars, Jeeps, and vehicles…and familiar characters were all so much fun, there was even more excitement when the Rogers High School band came marching through. I’ve always loved hearing school bands perform. The community rallied behind them, whooping and hollering when their song was finished.
Of course, what Christmas parade would be complete without Santa? As we made our way back to the car, numb from the cold, our hearts were completely warm. The holiday season has begun in full force here in our community. I can’t imagine being anywhere else this holiday season.
Mel is a wife and homeschool mom to 2 boys, as well as a lifestyle/travel blogger and freelance writer residing in Northwest Arkansas. Mel blogs at MamaBuzz. You can also find Mel on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.