The streets of Natchitoches Historic District were filled with crowds Dec. 1 for the 92nd Annual Christmas Festival. The icing on this holiday extravaganza is the parade, which features a variety of participants from school bands to area dance groups. A new float stood out as it rolled down the street. The Polar Express engine blew smoke out its stack as the engineer rang its bell. Santa’s new and improved sleigh included Mrs. Claus this year.
Natchitoches’ Northwestern State University had a full contingent in the parade. The Spirit of Northwestern Band was joined by the Demon cheerleaders and spirit and dance groups as well Dr. Chris Maggio and First Lady Jennifer Maggio. Natchitoches Central, Lakeview, LSMSA, the Natchitoches Junior High and St. Mary’s were also represented. And of course, let’s not forget the Christmas Belles and Miss Merry Christmas who threw plenty of beads and candy.
Parade Grand Marshal and Louisiana music legend Wayne Toups performed in the evening, followed by the Festival’s traditional fireworks show, which featured colorful explosions that shot up out of Cane River Lake.