The 2019 Natchitoches Christmas Festival – 93 Years of Holiday Magic and Family Fun!

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Thousands of visitors descended on Natchitoches for a holiday experience unlike any other. From colonial era reenactors, top quality entertainment and one of the finest fireworks shows in the country, there was something for everyone at the 93rd Annual Natchitoches Christmas Festival on Dec 7. Grand Marshall Rick Rowe led the Christmas Festival Parade.

Natchitoches’ Northwestern State University had a full contingent in the parade. The Spirit of Northwestern Band was joined by the Demon cheerleaders, spirit and dance groups as well as the ubiquitous Dr. Chris Maggio. Natchitoches Central, Lakeview, and St. Mary’s were represented by their bands, ROTC and spirit groups. Area dance schools showcased their students’ routines to a delighted crowd that lined the route several people deep. This year’s parade featured several visiting officials from the National Park Service. Regional Director Bob Bogel and Deputy Regional Director Lance Hatton joined Carrie Mardorf, superintendent of the Cane River Creole National Historic Park and Rebecca Blankenbaker of the Cane River National Heritage Area on a National Park Service float. It just is not Christmas in Natchitoches without the Christmas Belles, Christmas Angels and Miss Merry Christmas who threw beads and candy to paradegoers. Visiting high school bands and pageant queens rounded out the family fun.

After the parade, the Mike McKenzie Band entertained the festive crowd. The evening concluded with the Festival’s traditionally massive fireworks show.

8 thoughts on “The 2019 Natchitoches Christmas Festival – 93 Years of Holiday Magic and Family Fun!

  1. the entire Christmas festival has become a dollar chase. As a resident I refuse to pay for admission to something I helped pay for with my exorbitant taxes. Shame lots of the local families with children can’t attend because of all the cost. What does Steel Magnolias have to do with Christmas?

    • great point shouldn’t residents get in free ? and how do you charge to get
      on river bank ? its not a private lot.

  2. It was way more fun in 80s when you could pull a wagon around full
    of beer and enjoy the day,now its all about the mighty dollar.Charge for this
    charge for that drink prices go up and food.
    I haven’t been in over 25 years nor will I again.

  3. For every complaint there is a solution. We just need people willing to listen. This is our town. We can do better next year. God bless

  4. I agree with the other comment. This parade is a joke…This parade is over an hour long and has HUGE gaps in it. Also, what happen to the children’s parade!?
    The festival as a whole needs to be re-evaluated. Not to mention the “reserved” section that is totally blocked off so the public can’t enjoy the new fountain addition.
    Get it together Natchitoches!!

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