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Jonesboro officials set today as deadline to sign up for Christmas bazaar and parade

Holiday celebration will take place Nov 23

Attendees peruse the vendors at the Jonesboro Christmas bazaar and parade last year. City officials said today is the cutoff to sign up as a vendors or parade participant for this year. (Staff Photo: Curt Yeomans)

Attendees peruse the vendors at the Jonesboro Christmas bazaar and parade last year. City officials said today is the cutoff to sign up as a vendors or parade participant for this year. (Staff Photo: Curt Yeomans)

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The Forest Park High School marching band strutted down Jonesboro’s Main Street during the city’s Christmas parade last year. Today is the deadline to to sign up as a vendor or parade participant for the 2013 event. (Staff Photo: Curt Yeomans)

JONESBORO — It’s not too late to sign up for the Jonesboro Christmas bazaar and parade, city officials said.

Mayor Pro Tem Pat Sebo said the official deadline to sign up for the event had already passed, but she added the town won’t turn away latecomers. The event will mark the second time the city has organized a Christmas bazaar and parade. It began last year, although Arts Clayton had done a similar event several years ago.

But they shouldn’t wait too long. Sebo said she would prefer people call City Hall by the end of business today to sign up.

“We still welcome vendors and even though we said there was a cut-off date, if they will this week contact City Hall if they want to be a vendor or parade participant, we will accept them,” Sebo said.

The bazaar and parade will be held Nov. 23 in Jonesboro’s downtown area. The bazaar will begin at noon on Jonesboro’s Main Street, and the parade will come down the street at 4:30 p.m. The festivities will end at 7 p.m.

Mayor Joy Day said the event is, so far, looking to be bigger than last year’s celebration. Three high school marching bands, multiple scout troops, dancing groups, Shriners, the Jonesboro Masonic Lodge and the Clayton County police and fire departments are some of the groups that have committed themselves to be in the parade, the mayor said.

And Santa Claus will be on the south porch of the Historic Train Depot after the parade to receive Christmas lists from children.

Overall, Day said there appear to be more vendors and parade participants this year.

“We’re getting more entrants every day,” she said.

The food options available during the bazaar also look to be varied.

“We’re going to have barbecue down on Main Street and there’s going to be people selling popcorn, funnel cake and fried Oreos,” Day said.

And anyone who feels they ate too much during the bazaar shouldn’t worry too much. Day said the city plans to turn the area into a block party after the parade with a disc jockey at the train depot at the intersection of Main and Mill streets.

“Street dance downtown after the parade,” Day said. “Once the parade ends, it’s every man for himself if they want to do the Macarena or whatever.”

Anyone interested in participating in the bazaar or parade can visit City Hall, 124 North Ave., or call 770-478-3800.