TEXARKANA -- Main Street Texarkana Board of Directors held their January meeting virtually on Tuesday because of the escalation of COVID-19 activity in Texarkana and the region. They did not have a quorum.
One of the first matters they discussed was the Christmas parade.
"It went down mostly without a hitch, and the crowd turned out and seemed to love it," said James Bright, board president. For the most part, it could not have been better."
Ina McDowell, executive director, noted the camels -- a favorite with parade-goers -- were not as cooperative as usual.
"Apparently, this year, they had a different group, younger, more inexperience camels, not used to those circumstances and they got a little excited," she said.
What to do about it going forward was discussed, as initial parade planning is underway.
Bright also noted that despite Main Street Texarkana opting out of "Downtown Live" in December, while 1894 Gallery went ahead with the event.
"Downtown Live" is a cluster of art, entertainment and culinary events coordinated by businesses in the downtown entertainment district on a regular basis.
The fuller version of "Downtown Live" resumes from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday.
Also, plans are underway to replant the downtown planters when the weather warms up.