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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Norco Christmas Parade

Sunday, Dec. 1

The 2019 Norco Christmas Parade will roll through the streets on Sunday, Dec. 1 with the theme “Norco Through the Years.” Participants will represent a decade of their choice. Santa will arrive by helicopter to begin the parade, landing on the Mississippi River levee near Apple Street and River Road. 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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Photo courtesy: Visit Jefferson Parish

Gretna Christmas Parade

Sunday, Dec. 1

The City of Gretna hosts several events to kick off the holiday season on Dec. 1. The day begins at 4 p.m. with a free holiday concert by Amanda Shaw at the Market Place on Huey P. Long Avenue. Next, you’ll get into the holiday spirit with a Christmas parade at 6 p.m., beginning at Huey P. Long Avenue and 1st Street, heading south on Huey P. Long Avenue to 10th Street, then up to 6th Street. Join Santa, while enjoying hot chocolate and cookies, as he lights the Christmas tree! Santa will be available for pictures.

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Photo courtesy: Downtown Development District

Krewe of Jingle Parade

Saturday, Dec. 7

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. 7. The parade lineup includes 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 Parade

Saturday, Dec. 7

A grand parade through town kicks off the Merry Madisonville event from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 7. The parade starts at Lake Pontchartrain Maritime Museum, 133 Mabel Drive, turns right on Main, left on St Louis, right on Pine, crosses Hwy 22 and continues on Pine, right on St John, right on Main, left on St. Tammany, right on Water Street (riverfront), crosses back over Hwy 22 and continues on Water Street to the end at St. Louis. The parade makes one stop on the way for a Champagne toast and then continues on to Town Hall to await the arrival of Santa. Festivities also include the lighting of the Christmas tree, caroling, and Santa’s Workshop.

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Photo courtesy: Hammond Rotary Club via Facebook

Hammond Christmas Parade

Saturday, Dec. 7

Rotary Club of Hammond kicks off their 61st annual Christmas parade on Saturday, Dec. 7. This year’s theme is “I’ll Be Home for Christmas.” The parade begins at 5:30 p.m. in downtown Hammond with the lineup starting and ending at Friendship Circle and Strawberry Stadium parking lot. Cars, floats, walking groups, marching groups and Santa’s Special Sleigh all fill the parade lineup.

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Photo courtesy: Krewe of Krampus

Krampus NOLAuf

Saturday, Dec. 7

The mischievous Krewe of Krampus creeps through the Bywater on for a unique parade on Dec. 7. 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, on the corner of Royal and Lesseps Streets, and ends at Bratz Y’all on Piety Street.

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Photo courtesy: MySlidell.com

Inaugural Olde Towne Slidell Community Christmas Parade

Saturday, Dec. 7

Greet Santa and Slidell neighbors at the inaugural Olde Towne Slidell Community Christmas Parade at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 7. The parade will be led by the Slidell Sync Lawn Chair Brigade, a dancing group featuring flashy holiday-themed lawn chairs, followed by decorated golf carts and homemade floats, community members in holiday costumes and Mrs. Claus riding on the Old Town Soda Shop’s antique fire truck. The parade starts with a hot chocolate toast at Slidell City Hall and will end at roughly 6:30 p.m. at Griffith Park, where Santa and Mrs. Claus will go to Christmas Under the Stars to visit with children and take pictures until 8:30 p.m.

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Photo courtesy: LouisianaNorthshore.com

Winter on the Water & Santa Parade

Saturday, Dec. 7

The City of Mandeville hosts the annual Winter on the Water & Santa Parade on Saturday, Dec. 7. The holiday fun begins at the lakefront gazebo at 11 a.m. with live music featuring Benny Grunch and the Bunch and the Mandeville Elementary School’s bell Ensemble. Santa’s Walking Parade begins at noon at Lakeshore Drive and ends at the gazebo.

 

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Photo courtesy: Dinah L Rogers Photography via Jingle on the Boulevard website

Jingle on the Boulevard Parade

Saturday, Dec. 14

The Jingle on the Boulevard parade returns to New Orleans East for its second year. The parade is scheduled for noon on Saturday, Dec. 14. The Jingle on the Boulevard parade will feature Santa Claus, a variety of holiday characters some of the city’s best marching units with signature souvenir throws, and surprise celebrity guest appearances! The second annual event will highlight retailers, restaurants and shops along the parade route from Crowder Boulevard to Haynes Boulevard, to Read Boulevard, and all the way to Lake Forest Plaza.

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Folsom Horse and Wagon Christmas Parade

Saturday, Dec. 14

Santa trades in his sleigh for a horse-drawn wagon at this parade at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 14 in Folsom, La. Organizers say this year’s parade theme is “First Responder Appreciation,” to recognize the numerous former and active first responders providing service to the community. Prizes will be given to best horse and rider decorations and best wagon decorations.

 

 

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Photo courtesy: Ponchatoula Chamber of Commerce

Ponchatoula Christmas Parade

Saturday, Dec. 14

The Ponchatoula Chamber of Commerce celebrates “Christmas on the Bayou”at this year’s parade rolling at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 14. The parade starts at in Memorial Park on N. 6th Street and ends at Ponchatoula Junior High.

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Harahan Christmas Parade

Saturday, Dec. 14

The Harahan Christmas Parade will help usher in the holidays on Saturday, Dec. 14. Floats, bands, dance teams and the man of the hour, Santa, are all on board. The parade rolls at noon starting at the corner of Jefferson Highway and Hord Street.

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