On Saturday morning another Christmas tradition returns to downtown Ardmore. At 11 a.m. the Southern Oklahoma Children’s parade will take to Main Street for the 41st year.
Parade organizer, Brooke Byers, pointed out that this year the event is beginning slightly later than it has previously.
“Entries will begin at 10:45 but we want them to be crossing over Broadway at 11 o’clock,” Byers said. She also added that the parade will be aired live on KXII.
“That way, people who are not able to get out because of disabilities or illness can still enjoy the parade,” Byers said.
For Byers, working on the parade is a family tradition.
“I’ve been working on the parade ever since I was verbal,” Byers said with a laugh. Her mother, Joyce Davenport, held Byers’ current role for many years. “At this point, it’s in my blood.”
Byers said that there are about 60 entries currently signed up to participate and that those interested still have time to join in the festivities. The entry fee is $25 or a new toy donation of similar value. She said the easiest way to contact them is via their Facebook page at
www.facebook.com/southernoklahomachildrenschristmasparade.
The parade entry fees and toy donations will go to Toys for Tots, an organization that helps make Christmas merrier for children all across Carter County. Byers said that between toys raised through the parade, other community organizations and private donations, Toys for Tots usually ends up filling two trucks with toys.
Byers also announced this year’s Parade Marshal will be Angie Randolph. Typically the parade has two marshals, but this year one of the nominees declined the honor. Byers, however, is excited to have Randolph leading the way solo and described her contributions to the community.
“She has been taking pictures on the sidelines of all sorts of events for years now,” Byers said. “Chances are if you have played sports at Ardmore or Plainview in the past 20 years, she has taken your photo. She also started Wrap a Veteran with Love to help our local veterans.” Throughout the year, this organization collects blankets, socks, pajamas and other needed items, then distributes them to area veterans in time for Christmas.