Floats will move down Main Street for a good cause yet again this weekend.
The 40th annual Toys for Tots Southern Oklahoma Children’s Christmas Parade is slated for Saturday. The entry fee for participating in the parade is either a cash donation of $25 or a donated toy that costs roughly the same. Donations will be distributed to kids in Carter County by Toys for Tots.
Parade coordinator Brooke Byers said the parade has especially grown in the last ten years, expanding from 50 entries to 100. The highest number so far has been 120. Byers said in previous years, they’ve filled up three large trucks with donations for distribution.
“We have people coming from Dallas, Oklahoma City, Kansas and Arkansas, and we’ve had to move twice because we keep growing,” Byers said.
 Byers said she’s watched the parade grow for most of her life.  She first attended when she was in 2nd grade and her mother, Joyce Davenport, became a parade organizer. The younger Davenport is now the Carter County coordinator for Toys for Tots.
“It’s almost like a birthright,” Byers said. “Now my children are involved, too. My mother has been a part of the parade ever since their second year or so.”
Parade floats will start lining up at 9 a.m. in the old Walker Stadium lot by the Greater Southwest Historical Museum at Sunset and Broadway. Byers said it’s important for spectators to stay back and make sure children don’t get too close to the procession.
The parade begins at 10:30 a.m., and will move down Broadway toward Main Street, then continue to A Street, ending at the Mercy Train in downtown.
“The parade has been running for 40 years, and Toys for Tots got involved about ten years ago,” Byers said. “Now, the parade supplies toys for kids throughout Carter County, not just Ardmore.