The 2016 Dardanelle Christmas Parade was a lot of fun. The streets were lined on both sides with spectators from Merritt Park on AR 22, all the way up Union, and down Front Street to the gazebo. You could see beauty queens, floats, fire trucks, a cement truck, motorcycles, an ambulance, antique cars, sulkys, a wagon and horseback riders passed by waving, marching band music, and parade participants throwing candy. Even the Grinch was handing out candy! There were vendors walking up and down the streets selling cotton candy and lighted sabers. Rockin' R Tanning & Boutique, along with myself, gave out hot chocolate, cookies and candy to the passers-by. A good time was had by all. We've already started making plans for next year's parade.
The annual event is usually the first Friday of December. Dardanelle Area Chamber of Commerce coordinates and plans the parade and several other events. The Chamber is a good source for a calendar of local events.