Norco Christmas Parade canceled for 2020, will return next year

Well, Santa won’t roll down River Road this year. Organizers for the Norco Christmas Parade made the call to cancel the 2020 event.

The Norco Civic Association said they will plan for the parade to return next year.

“Regretfully, and after receiving input from various Local and State agencies, the Norco Civic Association Board has decided that it would be in the best interest of all to cancel this year’s NCA Christmas Parade. Our next parade is scheduled for Sunday, December 5th, 2021,” organizers said in a Facebook post.

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Civic Association President Stephen Weber said the decision to cancel came down to uncertainty during the planning process because of COVID-19 restrictions and safety protocols, the St. Charles Herald Guide reports.

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.

According to the St. Charles Herald Guide, this marks the third time the parade has been canceled since its 2001 revival.

Each year, the parade takes on a special theme. In 2019, the parade rolled with the theme “Norco Noel: Norco Through the Years.”

The annual parade features floats with local clubs and organizations, marching bands, dance troupes, horse-riding groups, antique cars, festival and pageant queens. Festivities are topped off with a visit from Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus.

Traditionally, the Norco Christmas Parade rolls on the first Sunday in December. This year, the parade was scheduled to roll Dec. 6.