Christmas parade plans continue to come to light
By: CARISSA HEBERT
The Christmas season is upon us and the first two Christmas parades in the parish are today, December 7.
Turkey Creek’s parade will begin at 2 p.m. Lineup begins at 1 p.m.
Ville Platte’s Christmas parade is also today at 7 p.m. Parade lineup begins at 5:30 p.m. at Citizens Bank.
Before the parade, don’t forget to attend “Christmas in the Square” from 3:30 to 5 p.m. at the Ville Platte Town Square Park. Santa and his elf will be available to take pictures with the children for $5 per photograph.
In Chataignier, Linda Helen Thomas will serve as parade marshall for this year’s 18th Annual Christmas Parade in the village.
Lineup will be at the old Carver Elementary School at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, December 14. The parade rolls down Chataignier’s main street at 4 p.m.
Thomas is a member of St. Joseph Baptist church under the direction of Rev. Matthew Alfred Jr. She serves as deaconess president, first vice president for the Eastern Seventh District Association, has been personal secretary and program coordinator for years and is on the decoration committee.
Thomas graduated from James Stephens High School in Ville Platte, Opelousas Area Vocational School in Opelousas and Souther University in Baton Rouge, where she received her bachelor of arts in elementary education. During her career she taught school in Evangeline Parish.
Thomas is married to Alton Thomas Jr. They are the parents of one daughter, Rockell Zena Thomas of Chataignier and one son, Rev. Alton Salvador Whitney Thomas and a daughter-in-law, Bertha Ann Thomas, of Lafayette. They have three grandchildren, Helena, Herberta and Ja’oa.
She is the daughter of the late Whitney Calvin and Martha Moore Calvin. She is actively involved in her church and in her community. She has a fondness for people, church, school, food, decorations and flowers.
A reception will be held at the village hall at 2:30 p.m.
The 17th Annual Cajun Christmas Parade will be Saturday, December 13, at sunset. The parade will assemble at the MHS grounds at 3:30 p.m. Bruce Rozas said the parade will begin at 5 p.m. Lineup begins at 4 p.m. at Mamou High School.
Santa will officially arrive in his big red sleigh, pulled by Egret’s, the official bird of Cajun Country. Santa will disembark from his sleigh and light the city’s giant Christmas tree and then hand out bags of candy and take pictures with the children until 7 p.m.
Mamou Rotarians, in conjunction with Mamou’s City officials, will honor Rob Walker, who will serve as parade marshal. Walker is the most outstanding and prolific football player in the history of Mamou High School (MHS). He has broken every record set at MHS and was ranked second in the state in most points scored and most yards rushing among all school in the state - an amazing feat for the young talented football player. Rotarians will proclaim the event “Rob Walker Night,” according to Hope Landreneau, Rotary president, and have named him parade marshal.
Cajun music groups, who will play throughout the parade route, are Briggs Brown and the Bayou Cajun Ramblers, James Berzas and the Cajun Tradition and the Ville Platte Playboys. Briggs Brown also will perform at city hall, following the parade, while Santa greets Mamou children and hands out candy bags. Photos with Santa will be available.
Cash prizes will be awarded to the three best floats or units in the parade.
Rozas stated this is a night parade so light up your floats, cars or units to make them visible and colorful.
An invitation is being extended to all Mamou business places and organizations, as well as individuals, who wish to participate to register now by calling Rozas at 468-5271 or Elvin Reed at 468-5207. There is no fee to participate.
The Pine Prairie Christmas Parade is scheduled for Sunday, December 14, at 2 p.m. Anyone interested in participating should call 599-2904 or come by the village hall at 1006 Edwin Elliott Drive. Deadline to enter is Wednesday, December 10, at 4 p.m.