BY MELANIE BUCK –
Once again, downtown Mena becomes a place of wonder and magic with hundreds of dazzling lights in the Annual Mena Christmas Parade of Lights. The holiday fun kicks off as The Mena/Polk County Chamber of Commerce presents “A Candy Land Christmas” themed parade.
The parade will roll down Mena Street on Saturday, December 5th, 2015 at 6pm, continuing on to Oak Avenue, DeQueen Street, Hwy 71 South and 7th Avenue, ending at the historic Janssen Park. Christmas themed entries will include illuminated and brightly decorated floats, marching bands, equestrian units, and nonprofit groups.
This year’s Grand Marshall is Larry Dunaway, the Chamber’s 2014 Volunteer of the Year, and Santa Claus. There will be a contest for the floats or entries with the best interpretation of the theme: “A Candy Land Christmas”. There will be candy and other goodies tossed to onlookers in this wonderful family-friendly holiday event.
Parade line up begins at 5:30 pm, anyone wishing to participate in the parade must turn in a completed registration form to the Chamber office no later than Tuesday, December 1st. Forms can be found at menapolkchamber.com, at the Chamber Office, or call 479-394-2912 for additional details.
Be sure to follow Santa and the parade to Janssen Park for the Mena Advertising and Promotion Commission’s Christmas Festival featuring Lana Gail & the Gail Force performing Christmas music followed by the annual fireworks display, and then close the evening with the official lighting of Janssen Park by the City of Mena.
Visit the Mena Advertising and Promotion Commission’s web site at www.visitmena.com and “Like” them on their Visit Mena Facebook page. For more information, call the Mena Advertising and Promotion Commission at 479-394-8355 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.