Annual parade, Old Towne Christmas set for Dec. 14

The Jefferson County Civitan Club will sponsor the 66th annual Pine Bluff Christmas Parade at 2 p.m. Dec. 14 in downtown Pine Bluff.

This year’s theme will be “Rocking around the Christmas Tree.”

Little Rock’s morning air personality, DJ Bob Robbins has agreed to be this year’s parade marshal. Robbins has been recognized as the number one disc jockey in Little Rock for more than 20 years and has been with KSSN 96 since the station’s inception in 1979. He was named CMA Broadcast Personality of the Year in 1996 and has been inducted into the Country Music DJ Hall of Fame.

Following the parade, the ninth annual Old Towne Christmas will be held 3 to 5 p.m. at the Pine Bluff Convention Center. Sponsored by the Old Towne Committee for Reinventing Pine Bluff, the event will include free family activities for the entire community.

All will enjoy a visit with Santa and Christmas tales by Mrs. Claus. Other activities will include “Tommy Terrific”, the fun-loving magician, the balloon man, children’s games and face painting. Christmas ornament-making activities will be provided by Fairfield Federal Credit Union. The Three Rivers Audubon Society will help children make birdseed ornaments for the feathered friends and the Pine Bluff Police Department will host the bouncy houses. The First United Methodist Church’s youth group will present, “One Starry Night”, which will focus on the birth of Jesus and Bethlehem.

Holiday entertainment will be provided by Jenkins Choir and other community groups and individuals. Christmas cookies, punch and popcorn will be given to all participants. Each child will receive a free Christmas bag from Santa that is filled with a Christmas coloring book, colors, candy and prizes.

Sponsors of Old Towne Christmas include the Pine Bluff Area Community Foundation, Pine Bluff Festival Association, Pine Bluff Convention Center, Pine Bluff Downtown Development, Fairfield Federal Credit Union, Pine Bluff Police Department, Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department, Brookshire’s, RSVP, First United Methodist Church, KTRN, YouthPartners/SOS; and the many volunteers that help make this event special for the community.