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El Dorado Christmas Parade Brings Tales from the North Pole to Life

Posted on October 29, 2012

Participants of the 2012 El Dorado Christmas Parade presented by Union Power Partners will bring their favorite book, movie or Christmas story to life on Thursday, Dec., 6, beginning at 7:00 p.m. This year?s theme is "Tales from the North Pole.?

The El Dorado parade annually draws thousands of spectators. This year?s parade will be organized by the El Dorado Chamber of Commerce. Members of the El Dorado Junior Chamber will assist with the parade.

Cash prizes will be awarded to the winners in each division. The deadline for entering the parade will be 4:00 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 23. Entry forms will be available at the Chamber office, 111 West Main St., and online at

Entry fees are $50 for a large float (large truck and trailer) and $40 for a small float (truck and trailer). Decorated cars/trucks and beauty queens will require a $35 entry fee, horses are $20 each and motorcycle entries are $25 each. All entries must be decorated in order to participate in the parade.

The Customized Show Cars category is returning this year. These are vehicles that are custom and will not be required to have holiday decorations. Entries are limited to the first 15 cars that enter, and the entry fee will be $45. There will be a separate category and cash award for the Best Customized Show Car.

The procession will begin at the intersection of 18th Street and North West Avenue.  The parade will then proceed along North West Avenue to the downtown area and will end at Jefferson and Peach Streets.

All Union County fifth grade students are invited to submit essays on the theme ? "Tales from the North Pole? ? to the Chamber of Commerce. Union County librarians will then select four essay winners: two boys and two girls. The top boy and girl essay winners will serve as grand marshals of the parade. The runners-up in the contest will get to carry the parade banner. Deadline for entry is on Monday, Nov., 5, at 5:00 p.m.

Those interested in volunteering or being a part of this year?s parade should contact Christy Murphy at The El Dorado Chamber of Commerce by calling (870) 863-6113 or emailing "