Mamou’s annual Cajun Christmas Parade is December 13th

MAMOU - Preparations are in full swing for the Annual Mamou Cajun Christmas Parade, according to Mamou Rotary Club President Hope Landreneau.

“Come to Mamou and experience the unusual,” said Bruce Rozas, this year’s parade chairmen. “Again this year the parade will be at night and will begin at sunset, 5 p.m., Saturday, December 13th.”

That night, Santa will officially arrive in his big red sleigh, pulled by Egret’s, the official bird of Cajun Country. There will be marching bands and lighted floats, wagons, cars, motorcycles, and vans representing the various Mamou organizations and business places all welcoming the Christmas Season in a colorfully lighted night parade. Rotarian Elvin Reed has arranged music for the occasion by the youthful Hunter Hayes band and long time participants, the Ville Platte Playboys.

The parade will line-up at 4 p.m. and start at Mamou High School, then roll south down Sixth Street through downtown, turn east and then north on Seventh Street and return to the town hall. There, Santa will disembark from his sleigh and light the city’s giant Christmas tree. Until 7 p.m., Santa will be handing out bags of candy and be available for pictures with children of all ages.The candy has been prepared by the Mamou High School Adult Responsibilities Class under the direction of Jahn Montelaro.

“We want this to be a memorable event for the children,” said the chairman of the Santa portion of the event, Rotarian Jonell Deshotel.

Everyone is invited to participate in the parade in cars, trucks or whatever. For more information please contact the parade chairman, Rozas, at 468-5271 or 468-5473.

Mamou is known as the Cajun Music Capital of the world, and this year’s parade, Rozas said, “carries on the Mamou Cajun heritage and ‘joie de ve’ to the fullest.” Children of all ages from one to 99 years are invited to attend and again make this a joyous occasion.

Participation in the parade is absolutely free of charge and anyone interested in being in the parade can call Reed at 468-5207.

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