Throw me something, Santa! Where to catch Christmas parades in and around New Orleans

It may not be Carnival yet, but December kicks off a slew of Christmas parades to get you in the spirit. The floats are coming out of their dens to celebrate the holidays.

Here is a schedule of holiday parades happening around town.

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Krewe of Jingle Parade

Saturday, Dec. 1

The annual Krewe of Jingle parade will roll through downtown New Orleans, kicking off the holiday parade season at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 1. Mayor LaToya Cantrell will lead the parade this year as Grand Marshal. More than 50 elements and 10 festive floats will fill the parade lineup, including fun holiday characters — like the beloved Mister Bingle — dance groups and marching bands. The parade starts at Lee Circle and makes its way down St. Charles Avenue to Canal Street, returning to Howard Avenue via Baronne Street. See the full parade route here.

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Merry Madisonville Christmas Parade & Tree Lighting

Saturday, Dec. 1

Ring in the holiday season with this festive, family event in downtown Madisonville from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 1. The evening kicks off at 4 p.m. with a parade starting at the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Maritime Museum and ending at the Madisonville Town Hall. Santa arrives by boat at 5 p.m. on the Tchefuncte River, heading to Town Hall for Santa’s Workshop at 6 p.m. The lighting of the oaks follows.

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Photo courtesy: Hammond Rotary Club via Facebook

Hammond Christmas Parade

Saturday, Dec. 1

The Rotary Club of Hammond kicks off their 60th annual Christmas parade on Saturday, Dec. 1. This year’s theme is “A Louisiana Christmas.” Lieutenant Billy Nungesser will serve as this year’s special Grand Marshal. The parade begins at 5:30 p.m. in downtown Hammond with the lineup starting in Strawberry Stadium’s parking lot. Cars, floats, walking groups, marching groups and Santa’s Special Sleigh all fill the parade lineup. Friendship Circle and parking lot adjacent to Southeastern’s football stadium parking lot.

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Krampus NOLAuf

Saturday, Dec. 1

The mischievous Krewe of Krampus creeps through the Bywater on for a unique parade on Dec. 1. The annual parade, Krampus NOLAuf, is based on folklore about a half-goat, half-demon who punishes misbehaving kids during the Christmas season. It will be a parade full of horns, fur, bells, baskets, chains, and switches with lots of amazing characters and unique throws. The parade starts at 7 p.m. at Parleaux Beer Lab and ends at Bratz Y’all. Find more details about what to expect at the parade and the route here.

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Norco Christmas Parade

Sunday, Dec. 2

The 610 Stompers and the United Cajun Navy are among the special guests marching in the 2018 Norco Christmas Parade on Sunday, Dec. 2. The parade will roll through the streets of Norco with the theme “Norco Noel: Santa celebrates our local sports teams.” Santa will arrive by helicopter to begin the parade, landing on the Mississippi River levee near Apple Street and River Road at approximately 1:30 p.m. The parade begins at 2 p.m. at River Road and Apple Street, travels east to Good Hope Street, travels north to Sixth Street, turns south on Apple Street and disbands at River Road.

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Gretna Christmas Tree Lighting & Parade

Sunday, Dec. 2

The City of Gretna hosts a Gretna Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony and parade on Sunday, Dec. 2. Meet at 2nd Street and Huey P. Long Avenue by the arch for a Christmas parade and an evening filled with holiday fun!

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Photo courtesy: City of Mandeville via Facebook

Winter on the Water Santa Parade

Saturday, Dec. 8

The City of Mandeville hosts a Winter on the Water Santa Parade at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 8. The parade begins on Lakeshore and Jackson and travels to the Gazebo A celebration happens at the Gazebo filled with live music, face painting, the MES Bell Ensemble, a kids’ tent and the lighting of the oaks. Don’t forget your cameras for pictures with Santa.

 

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Folsom Horse and Wagon Christmas Parade

Saturday, Dec. 8

Santa trades in his sleigh for a horse-drawn wagon at this parade on Saturday, Dec. 8 in Folsom, La. This year, the parade takes on the theme “Winter Wonderland.” The parade begins at 1 p.m. Prizes will be given to best costume and best wagon decorations. There will also be an antique tractor exhibit located behind Town Hall. Click here to see the parade route.

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Ponchatoula Christmas Parade

Saturday, Dec. 8

The Ponchatoula Chamber of Commerce celebrates “Christmas on the Bayou”at this year’s Christmas parade from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 8.  The parade meanders around downtown Ponchatoula from Memorial Park to Junior High School.

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Photo courtesy: Councilwoman Cyndi Nguyen via Facebook

Jingle on the Boulevard Parade

Saturday, Dec. 15

New Orleans East gets its first holiday parade this season. A new holiday parade, the Jingle on the Boulevard Parade, is set to roll on Dec. 15. The inaugural parade will celebrate the New Orleans East community’s residents and business owners. The parade was “founded to improve the quality of life for local residents and ensure a steady flow of tourism into both District “E” and the entire City of New Orleans as part of the city’s Tricentennial celebration,” according to a release from the New Orleans City Council. The parade rolls down Crowder Boulevard to Haynes Boulevard, making its way to Read Boulevard, before ending at Lake Forest Plaza.

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Harahan Christmas Parade

Saturday, Dec. 15

The Harahan Christmas Parade will help usher in the holidays on Saturday, Dec. 15. Floats, bands, dance teams and Santa are all on board. The parade rolls at noon starting at the corner of Jefferson Highway and Hord Street.

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2018 Marrero Holiday Parade

Saturday, Dec. 15

Councilman Mark D. Spears, Jr. and the Jugs Social Club, Inc. kicks off the annual Marrero Christmas Parade at noon Saturday, Dec. 15. The parade begins at the intersection of Lapalco Boulevard and Ames Boulevard, going down Ames Boulevard, to the Westbank Expressway and ending at Johnny Jacobs Playground. Toys will be distributed on the route. Some participating bands include Ames Elementary Band, Helen Cox High School Band, L.W Higgins High School Band and West Jefferson High School Band. Some other groups include The Walking Jugs, Krewe of Athena & Fancy Fedoras, Mystic Krewe of Femme Fatale – Cherchez La Femme, a 40-member all-female dance krewe, Horse Riding Clubs, Bike Clubs, Dance Schools and Drill Teams, Santa and Mrs. Claus and much more.