NORCO, La. (NOLA WEEKEND) - ‘Tis the season for the return of a River Parishes holiday tradition. After a two-year absence, the Norco Christmas Parade returns on Dec. 4.
The Norco Civic Association confirmed the parade will roll again with the theme “Norco Honors Our First Responders,” which was set for 2021 before Hurricane Ida forced organizers to cancel a second year. In 2000, the parade was nixed due to COVID-19.
Stephen Weber, president of the Norco Civic Association, says bringing the family-friendly holiday tradition back to the community was truly a team effort.
“I’m proud to say that this event is a testament to the community of Norco and our surrounding communities in St. Charles Parish that work together to introduce and usher in the spirit of the Christmas season,” Weber said.
The Norco Christmas Parade kicks off the holiday season in the River Parishes with floats, classic cars and marching groups.
Festivities begin with Santa and Mrs. Claus flying in by helicopter and landing on the levee at the corner of Apple Street and River Road around 12:45 p.m. Then, the parade rolls at 1 p.m. starting at the corner of Apple Street and River Road and culminating at the Norco Town Square near Apple Street and River Road.
Several marching groups will also join the parade including the 610 Stompers, Ain’t Misbehavin’ Social Club, the Star Wars 501st Legion Marchers, the Krewe des Fleurs marchers, Shriners Dune Buggies, New Orleans Pelicans Masters Touch Drumline and the Bowzer’s Riding Club. A number of area school bands, dance teams and spirit groups will also march along with the parade.
Organizers say the River Region Ballet will also feature the main characters from its “The Nutcracker” production marching in the parade.
The Norco Christmas Parade is River Parishes staple that began in the 1950s and ran through the early 1980s before being discontinued. A group of local citizens, including Weber, helped revive the parade in 2001. The annual tradition serves to usher in the Christmas season for the River Parishes and the surrounding New Orleans area.
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