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A veteran’s parade will march its way through Crossett this weekend, and according to its organizers, people are coming from all over the state to participate in it.
Parade coordinator Bill Mayo said he believes this parade will be the biggest Crossett has seen in years.
A military honor guard team from El Dorado is coming to lead the line, and the three grand marshals will be District 9 Rep. LeAnn Burch, Crossett Mayor Scott McCormick and World War II veteran Cora Summers.
Mayo said Burch will not be appearing in her political capacity, but rather as a retired brigadier general.
“Mrs. Burch is not coming as a representative, this is not political,” he said. “She is coming as a general and she will be dressed as a general.”
Mayo said he has people committed from all over the state including a retired veteran from central Arkansas who is bringing a float he has spent weeks building.
“This is a float I can’t wait to see, he says he’s painted airplane silhouettes on it,” Mayo said.
Awards will be given for floats, horse drawn vehicles and motorized vehicles. Mayo said the parade has horse clubs lined up from as far as Oak Grove.
“This is going to be the biggest parade Crossett has had in years, maybe the biggest parade in south Arkansas,” Mayo said.
The parade will start at the Crossett Rodeo grounds and travel down Third Avenue to Elm Street. It will then turn onto Ninth Avenue and travel from there to Main Street.
The parade will then go from Main Street back to Third Avenue
The awards winners of the parade wil be announced at 2 p.m. in the Crossett Auditorium during a gospel singing.
The singing will feature gospel group New Day of Hamburg and other groups and soloist.
A key moment will also be a drawing at the event to give away three motorized scooters to veterans who have entered into a drawing. Much of Mayo’s fundraising for the event centered around the scooter giveaway.
Any veteran may enter and those interested in doing so may contact Crossett’s American Legion Post 111 at 870-304-6352.