LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - For the first time in 20 years the southwest Little Rock parade returned for the holiday season.
It may have rained on this parade, but it did not stop the southwest Little Rock community from revitalizing their annual parade after nearly 20 years.
"They didn't want to bring the children out due to the fact that they may catch a cold or something," Thelma Franklin said. "I decided to just come on and enjoy it because we've been working on this here ever since March. I've been putting all my efforts towards it, and I wouldn't have missed it for the world."
The parade was a tradition years ago, and organizers brought it back so a new generation can experience. They brought back the Christmas lights, floats, music and fun they loved so much.
"We were little kids when we were first in the parade," Tranett Brooks said, "so we were children ourselves and so this is a very memorable time for us."
Now they're able to experience that same joy as adults. Eighty participants registered to bring the floats to the parade, so, rain or shine, organizers knew it had to be done.
"We were so ready to bring back the Christmas cheer, the family activities, just to see the street of Greyer Springs lit up," Kimberly Lee said.
And this is just the beginning.
"We want it to grow, we want it to become bigger," Lee said. "We want major sponsors we want bigger floats, we want a diverse parade. We want it huge."
It's about reviving the parade, but also the southwest area.
"A lot of people in the community, they sent us so many letters and emails and text messages saying that they're so happy that we're bringing the parade back to the community and sharing their childhood memories with us," Brooks said.