I love a parade, so let’s have one

By BRYAN DAVIS EDITOR,

Lately there seems to be an uptick in attendance and participation at events around Indianola.

Hundreds of people have come out to events this summer like the Juneteenth Festival, which was held in mid-June and the revamped farmer’s market.

I hope this is not just a summer trend that will wane as sports and other school activities begin to take precedence in the fall.

The highlight of the summer, in my opinion, was the fireworks show on the 4th of July that was arranged through efforts by the Indianola Police Department, the Fire Department and Parks & Recreation.

Pre-fireworks festivities featured a bouncy house and train rides for the kids, as well as an opportunity for children in the community to get an up close look at the city’s fire trucks.

Then came the fireworks, around dusk.

This was an 11-minute impressive display of pyrotechnics, with patriotic music of all genres as the backdrop.

The attendance was solid, and no one left disappointed.

As we head into the fall, we’re just a few months away from the holiday season again.

I know, it’s hard to believe.

Our girls are always excited to visit with Santa downtown and to attend the community Christmas tree lighting, but there’s one thing that’s missing that would make that evening more complete.

And that’s a Christmas parade.

It is my understanding that Indianola had a parade up until a few years ago, but as with many things in town, participation in the event began to drop off, and it was eventually killed.

If the economy remains healthy and folks devote more of their resources to shopping local, adding a well-attended parade could add another spark to the Christmas shopping season for downtown merchants, and it would be a fun event for all involved.

I think it would be easy to pull off a parade downtown, which would culminate at the corner of Front and Second for the lighting of the Christmas tree.

After that, the crowd can go enjoy the normal Cocoa on the Bayou festivities and shop to its heart’s content.  A lot goes into putting on a good Christmas parade, so I know that what I’m suggesting is going to occupy some folks’ time and energy during a season that is already busy.

That being said, if anyone is interested in exploring this idea, I’m sure that the folks at Indianola Chamber Main Street would be open to listening to suggestions.

Even if we don’t get a Christmas parade this year, I hope we can use some of these summer months events to grow our social gatherings in Indianola.

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