Horses, tractors and a flying drone were just a small part of the 50th annual White Hall Founder’s Day Parade this year.

Horses, tractors and a flying drone were just a small part of the 50th annual White Hall Founder’s Day Parade this year.


Many White Hall residents showed up early for the parade to get a good seat and catch a glimpse of the Budweiser Clydesdales. The Clydesdales came into town earlier in the week and could be seen at several events in exchange for a canned food item for the White Hall Food Pantry and Neighbor to Neighbor.


"We got a lot of cans these past few days," M.K. Distributors president Duke Fakouri said. "We had four or five wagons full of cans on both days they were here. It definitely exceeded my expectations. It has been great for both charities it was just one of the advantages of bringing the Clydesdales."


M.K. Distributors Inc. in Pine Bluff requested the Clydesdales to come for Founders Day. M.K. Distributors are a distributor for Anheuser-Busch. This was the first time the Clydesdales have come to the Jefferson County area in more than 10 years.


The parade started at 9 a.m. at Silver Leaf Plaza and went all the way to White Hall City Park. The streets were lined with people as early as 8 a.m.


The Budweiser Clydesdales and Pine Bluff Arsenal Commander Col. Chad Bauld were co-parade grand marshals for the event.


There were many things to see at the parade, which included White Hall beauty pageants participants, politicians, antique tractors and floats. All these things were met with cheers from kids and adults. Candy was thrown to happy kids lining the streets of the parade. A small drone flew over the parade taking pictures for the White Hall Chamber.


One of the surprising hits at the parade was the Whispering Pines Cowboy Church members riding their horses in the parade. Many of the floats in the parade carried a theme of celebrating White Hall’s birthday. There were also many youth programs and businesses that had their own floats in the parade. The Spirit of the West train rolled down the streets of White Hall during the parade to the cheers of many. The White Hall School District cheer department was the mainstay on many of the floats as they cheered and threw candy to the children in the crowd.


Many White Hall residents expressed their happiness with the parade.


"I loved the parade this year it was great," said Nicole Harrod, White Hall resident. "I loved the horses and watching all the floats and tractors."


"We enjoyed the Clydesdales and the kids loved all the candy," Jenny Lay said. "The Whispering Pines Cowboy Church horses were also one of our favorites."


"The parade was really good this year," Larry Horn said. "I personally liked the tractors and the train that was in the parade. The White Hall Chamber did a great job this year."


"It was great parade, I loved the horses and my granddaughter was one of the beauty queens in the parade," Clydine Davis said.


"The Cowboy Church was great," Clyde McDaniel said. "There was just a lot of variety overall in the parade. It was very well organized and the floats were amazing."


"There was so much candy," Younger Audrey Lay said. "It was so much fun."


KATV Channel 7 Daybreak also had their live broadcast at the Relyance Bank as they interviewed White Hall Mayor Noel Foster and filmed the Clydesdales.