The Pine Bluff Christmas Parade attracted a crowd of onlookers Thursday afternoon to downtown, as bands and dancers marched along Main Street from Eighth Avenue to Barraque Street. The City of Pine Bluff hosted the parade, which featured elected officials, political candidates, firefighters, police officers, school bands and civic organizations. Despite a windchill in the 30s, many people lined the sidewalks and observed the procession.

Sheryl Kearney came to the parade with her three grandchildren who are visiting from Portland, Oregon. She is showing them many Pine Bluff attractions.

“I want to bring them so they can see a little bit of some of the events and activities that we have in Pine Bluff,” Kearney said. “I’ve already taken them to Regional Park to see the lights and they enjoyed it so much.”

Kearney said she also took her grandchildren to the country fair in October.

Pine Bluff High School employee Rebecca Stone came to cheer for her granddaughter Peyton Stone and to support all the Pine Bluff High School and Jack Robey Junior High School band students.

“I don’t think I’ve ever missed a Pine Bluff Christmas Parade in quite a few years,” Rebecca Stone said.

Santa and Mrs. Claus, played by Pine Bluff Mayor Shirley Washington, led the parade, and the Pine Bluff High School Zebras football team were honored guests for reaching the state championship game. Firefighters drove trucks that were adorned with Christmas lights.

The processional included the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Marching Musical Machine of the Mid-South. Pine Bluff police officers closed streets surrounding the parade route, directing motorists to take alternative routes.

Carreba Williams grew up in Pine Bluff and is currently living in Little Rock. She returned to her hometown to visit her family and decided to check out the parade.

“I enjoy Christmas-time so I think it’s a wonderful idea to have the parade in celebration of it and to show support and to show other things that are going on in Pine Bluff,” Williams said.