Jamie Yeatts is the manager of creative operations at Children’s Medical Center. She has worked at Children’s for 13 years and never missed a Children’s Holiday Parade during that time. She is particularly excited about seeing the new tweaks to this year’s parade, which is taking place this Saturday, Dec. 4. Tickets are still available and can be purchased here.
In a family of five, coordinating weekend schedules is tough. Soccer games. Birthday parties. Sleepovers. But no matter what else is on our agenda during the holidays, on the first Saturday morning in December, you’ll find every member of the Yeatts family in one location — front and center at the Children’s Medical Center Holiday Parade.
No one complains about getting up early (a rarity for our 13-year-old daughter) or about the cold weather (and we’ve endured some cold ones over the years). Nothing can keep us from the colorful floats, entertaining clowns and the kids’ favorite cartoon and TV characters. And then there is one of our favorite activities: screaming “spin, spin, spin” as the handlers walk by with the giant inflatables.
But we’re even more excited about this year’s parade.
In case you haven’t heard, the event has some awesome changes coming. We’ll see more bands, live performances along the parade route, and floats that are bigger and better than ever. David Archuleta will be there, too. Even pre-parade changes — such as audio speakers playing holiday music throughout downtown Dallas and City Hall Plaza — is sure to create a more festive atmosphere while we all wait for the big show to begin. An added bonus is that several of our sweet patients from Children’s will serve as grand marshals in this year’s parade.
One thing that hasn’t changed is the parade’s mission: to raise money for Children’s. Specifically, the money raised from the parade goes to the hospital’s Child Life department. Our child life specialists work with patients and their siblings to help noramilze the hospital experience. They play a key role in making life better for children; however, child life is not a service that we charge for, and insurance companies don’t reimburse Children’s for this care. (By the way, if you can’t attend this year and are interested in giving, you can do so here.)
The Children’s Holiday Parade (which has formerly been called the Neiman Marcus Adolphus Children’s Parade and the Capital One Bank Adolphus Children’s Parade) is shaping up to be a spectacular event. If you’ve never been, this is the perfect year to start. There are tickets still available. I promise that you won’t be disappointed. Bundle up and join our family. We hope to see you there!