Parade promises family fun

Published 12:00 am Friday, December 1, 2006

FERRIDAY &8212; The Town of Ferriday is ready to usher in a new Christmas season in all its glory as citizens ready for the annual Christmas parade, which will take place Saturday.

Parade Co-chairman Dorothy Parker said this year&8217;s theme would be &8220;A Glorious Christmas in Ferriday.&8221;

&8220;I think this year&8217;s theme is a good one,&8221; Parker said. &8220;We all need to have peace in the world and for God&8217;s glory to shine down on Ferriday.&8221;

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Ferriday&8217;s Chamber of Commerce is this year&8217;s parade sponsor.

&8220;The parade is definitely a family event that will be enjoyable for all ages,&8221; said Chamber President Mignonne Ater. &8220;It&8217;s just a meaningful way for the community to get together as a whole and begin this glorious and special time of year.&8221;

Ater said this is the 20th year

Ferriday has held a holiday parade.

Parker said currently there were 25 entries in the parade including the Ferriday High School and Jonesville High School bands.

&8220;In the past years we&8217;ve had between 38 and 40 parade entries but this year I expect more,&8221; Parker said.

Parker said the chamber would be accepting entries until 9 a.m. Saturday, and anyone wishing to enter would not be turned away.

Floats this year will be judged in two categories &8212; large and small &8212; and cash prizes would be awarded to the six best floats for creativity, originality and which ever float best exemplifies the theme, Parker said.

Parker said the parade really kicks off the Christmas season and motivates people in the parish to give to local charities.

Parker is the co-chairman of the Concordia Christmas Charity Fund, which donates toys and food items to needy families during the Christmas holidays.

&8220;Usually after the parade, it seems that more people begin to make more contributions to the charity fund,&8221; she said.

Parker said the parade lineup would begin in the Ferriday High School parking lot.

The parade route will first go down E.E. Wallace Boulevard, turn left on Louisiana Avenue, and turn left on to First Street and end back at FHS, Parker said.

Parker said cash prizes of $100, $50 and $25 would be awarded to the first, second and third place large-float-prize winners.

First-, second- and third- place small-float prize winners would receive prizes of $50, $25 and $15, Parker said.

For more information on how to register contact Parker at (318) 757-8695.