Thursday, November 22, 2012

A Cajun & Creole Christmas – Parades

     We love a parade in South Louisiana which is why there are numerous parades happening throughout the area during the holidays. The following are Christmas Parades and their starting times:
      The Breaux Bridge Christmas Parade begins at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 25, along Main Street in Breaux Bridge. Info: (337) 332-8500.
    The New Iberia Christmas Parade begins at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 27, along Main Street in New Iberia. Info: (337) 365-1428.
     The Carencro Lions Children’s Parade begins at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, as part of the all-day Carencro Country Christmas festivities from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Carencro Community Center in Carencro. The 2 p.m. parade is part of the free event which includes family-oriented music, choirs, food and arts and craft booths.   
    The Sonic Christmas Parade is one of the oldest in Acadiana, featuring more than 20 floats, high school marching bands and the official arrival of Santa Claus to Lafayette. The fun happens from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2, from downtown to the Oil Center in Lafayette. Free. Info: (337) 988-5301, ext. 232.
      The Lake Arthur Christmas Parade begins at 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, at Lake Arthur Park. Free. In addition, there will be a gumbo cook-off, lighting of the Christmas tree, Hall of Trees, visit with Santa and fireworks to close the night.
     The Christmas in the Park festivities in downtown Gueydan includes a parade from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8. Come enjoy this family-style Christmas event with caroling, fun jumps, live nativity, hot chocolate, kids' activities, Santa Workshop with elves, hayride and more!
     The Delcambre Boat Parade features decorated and lighted boats parading down the Delcambre Canal from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Dec. 8 in Delcambre. In addition, there will be gumbo and refreshments for sale. Info: (337) 898-6600.
     St. Lucy Festival of Light from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9, at St. Martin de Tours Catholic Church in St. Martinville includes the KC Christmas Parade at 2 p.m. from St. Martinville High School toward Main Street, ending at Denier. The free event features food, arts and crafts, musical entertainment and the lighting of the Church Square at 6 p.m.
     The Delcambre Christmas on the Bayou Parade begins at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9, along Main Street in Delcambre. The parade begins at the corner of Main Street and S. Pelloat and travels to the Delcambre Shrimp Festival Building.
     The Opelousas Children’s Christmas Parade begins at 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13, from St. Landry Catholic Church on Main Street to the Civic Center on Creswell Lane. Info: (337) 948-5227.
    For a complete list of Cajun and Creole Christmas events, visit

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