A parade like no other

Adam Sartin (left) of Christmas at the Park and Hilary Trickey of the Jonesboro Jaycees announce plans Thursday for a different kind of Christmas parade to be held Dec. 3.

JONESBORO — The 73rd annual Jonesboro Christmas Parade, canceled last week, is back on for Dec. 3, but not on Main Street, Hilary Trickey, the Jonesboro Jaycees’ parade chairman, said.

“However, this year, there’s going to be a twist,” Trickey said. “Instead of the floats driving past you, you will drive past the floats.”

The event will be held at Joe Mack Campbell Park, where Christmas at the Park will be staged.

“The floats will be staged through the drive-through and exit of this attraction and you will have a multi-day opportunity to see these floats because they will be presented Thursday through Sunday.”

Marching bands will be staged at the concession area, Trickey said.

The theme of the parade will be Heroes of 2020.

“We want to celebrate all of those that are working the front lines for us,” Trickey continued. “From doctors to nurses, to school teachers, custodians, factory workers and all of those essential personnel.”

Adam Sartin, coordinator of Christmas at the Park, said there will be no charge to visit the event on Dec. 3. However, donations will be accepted.

“We are going to ask guests that can, if they’ve got the ability, to donate a donation and all of the proceeds are going to go to Christmas for Kids,” Sartin said of the Jaycees’ annual Christmas fundraiser.

The Jaycees initially canceled the annual event due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Anyone interested in entering a float or music group may submit their entry at jonesboroparade.com

Speaking for Mayor Harold Perrin, Bill Campbell, the city’s communications director, commended the cooperative spirit of the Jaycees and Christmas at the Park.

“And this is the type of teamwork that makes Jonesboro special and that makes the mayor so proud,” Campbell said. “He encourages all businesses and individuals to be the heroes of 2020 because this is a different year and we have to accept it and embrace it.”

Regular Christmas at the Park events begin Nov. 25, Sartin said.