Krewe of Jingle parade rolls through downtown New Orleans on Dec. 7

The annual Krewe of Jingle parade will roll through downtown New Orleans, kicking off the New Orleans holiday parade season at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 7. FOX 8 anchor John Snell 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 will also feature the Eastbank Little League World Series Champions as special guests.

Photo courtesy: Downtown Development District

The parade route starts at Lee Circle and makes its way down to St. Charles Avenue to Canal Street before returning to Howard Avenue via Baronne Street. New Orleans’ official holiday parade is presented by the Downtown Development District and the Roosevelt New Orleans.

Source: Downtown Development District

See also: Canal Street lighting ceremony kicks off downtown holiday fun on Nov. 26

Since many locals will already pour into downtown to catch the parade, the Downtown Development District also sweetens the deal for shoppers. The annual Downtown NOLA Saturday Shopping Spree event also takes place on Saturday, Dec. 7. Participating merchants will offer entertainment, shopping and restaurant specials as an incentive to shop local.

Krewe of Jingle parade
Photo courtesy: Downtown Development District

The shopping spree event will include live entertainment for shoppers to enjoy the holiday ambiance of downtown. Kinfolk Brass Band will perform in the South Market District at 11:30 a.m., prior the the Krewe of Jingle parade. New Orleans party band The Bucktown All-Stars will follow the parade with a performance in front of Harrah’s Casino at 2:30 p.m.

Photo courtesy: Downtown Development District

Downtown shopping staples, along with the South Market District, the renovated Outlet Collection at Riverwalk and other downtown merchants give shoppers plenty of options to find that perfect holiday gift. The holiday season also gives locals the opportunity to support Downtown and French Quarter businesses after the Hard Rock Hotel collapse.

For more information about all of the Downtown Development District’s holiday activities, visit the website.

Created in partnership with the Downtown Development District