Main Street Texarkana is happy to announce that they are planning to continue one annual tradition - their 36th Annual Christmas Parade on Dec. 7, at 7PM. However, there will be a difference due to the ongoing pandemic.

According to a press release, “There are new rules and regulations around hosting events this year,” said Main Street Executive Director Ina McDowell, “but we are so pleased that we have found a way to still bring the joy of the holidays to our community by hosting our annual parade in a drive-through format.”

A drive-through parade also called a “reverse parade” involves stationary floats parked on the street, with parade-goers driving past to view them from the comfort and safety of their own vehicles.

Typically Main Street’s parade has attracted over 100 lighted entries from local businesses, nonprofit organizations, groups, and marching bands. Local sponsors like the Patterson Troike Foundation, Logan Electric, and the late “anonymous camel lover” help to cover the costs of the parade, and cooperation from many other entities, as well as both cities, bring it to life. This year’s drive-through route will be a full mile of lights, music, and fun - featuring live camels and Santa Claus.

“If you have ever gone to a drive-thru Christmas light display or a drive-through nativity, you have experienced the same concept,” event marketer Dani Hamblett said. “My family loves the parade, so we are excited to still be able to safely see our favorite businesses’ floats and wave at familiar faces.”

Details of the parade route and where cars should begin to line up will be forthcoming as the parade date nears. Following Main Street Texarkana on Facebook, following the Facebook event, and keeping an eye on other local publications is the best way to stay up-to-date about the parade this year. The parade will also be live-streamed on Facebook.

Those wishing to apply to have a float in the parade can find the application online at mainstreettexarkana.org, along with complete instructions and rules. Entry applications are due no later than November 25.