With inclement weather in the weekend forecast, the annual Conway Christmas Parade has been rescheduled.
Previously set to begin at 6 p.m. Saturday in downtown Conway, the Retro Rockin' Christmas will now take place Dec. 15.
Director Deidra Porter said the decision to reschedule was made after learning there was a definite chance of winter weather in the weekend's forecast.
"We felt it necessary to move the parade date now that there is a 100 [percent] chance of inclement weather this weekend," Porter told the Log Cabin Democrat on Thursday.
Porter said she and other organizers want to ensure participants and attendees remain safe and want to help provide a fun, family-friendly event everyone can enjoy.
"Our main goal is that everyone has fun safely," she said. "We hope everyone will be able to attend on the new date and that we will still have the same number of entries. Nevertheless, please come out ans share some Christmas spirit with us."
The parade route runs down Front Street from the Conway Police Department to Mill Street.
Porter said she wanted to remind parade participants that they are welcomed to choose whatever decade they wish when designing their floats around the "Retro Rockin' Christmas" theme.
Organizers let the community lend a hand in picking the theme by putting three options up for vote, with Retro Rockin’ Christmas stealing the lead for this year’s event.
Awards will be handed out to the best-designed floats immediately after the parade at Simon Park.
“Floats are judged on how they incorporate the theme, the use of lights and music and basically if they follow the guidelines for a float, which are stated in the entry form,” Porter said.
With the parade date's delay, organizers said there is now more time for others to register if they wish to do so. Anyone who wishes to register now has until Dec. 15.
Porter has previously said the event is a great way for Conway residents to kick off the holiday season and encourages the community to attend the city's Christmas celebration.
“The parade is what truly begins the Christmas season for me,” she said. “The activity of lineup, the excitement of those in the parade (especially the children), Santa on the fire truck and the smiles and waves of parade watchers truly bring about the Christmas spirit. There is a sense of magic and joy that permeates downtown by our community coming together.”
Entry forms to participate in the parade are available at the Conway Chamber of Commerce or by emailing Porter at firstname.lastname@example.org. Entry fees are $10, which will be donated to the American Cancer Society.