The route, the time and the overall plans for the Christmas parade in Vilonia will remain the same as last year, officials have announced.

The parade committee held an initial planning meeting this week. Fire Chief Keith Hillman will serve as the committee chairman. Jill Bonnema of the Vilonia Chamber of Commerce, will handle entry forms. Entry forms are to be available for registration by Oct. 1. There will be no entry fee or limits regarding the number of floats that may enter. The parade will be an evening event with bright lights and glitz. It will begin at the city park and end in the high school parking lot traveling U.S. Highway 64. A reviewing stand will be set up on Main Street at Vilonia Realty.

"We do need a better line up plan," suggested Police Chief Brad McNew. Last year, he said, there were some minor problems with logistics. Going over the pros and cons, this year’s line-up will be decided by "whoever arrives first, gets in line first."

Carpooling to the park will be encouraged. Those who would like to be grouped together, McNew said, should meet elsewhere and drive in together.

Committee members were encouraged to think about options for a theme and grand marshal during the next two weeks making recommendations at the next meeting which is set for 11 a.m., Sept. 24, at Big Ben’s restaurant. Anyone who would like to volunteer may attend the meeting.