The Jambalaya Festival Association announced that the theme for the 2010 Ascension JFA Christmas Parade “Bells Will Be Ringing”.

The Jambalaya Festival Association announced that the theme for the 2010 Ascension JFA Christmas Parade “Bells Will Be Ringing”.

Mark your calendar for Sunday, Dec. 12 at 2 p.m. for the Annual Christmas Parade and help Ascension start the holiday season.

The parade is a great event for local businesses, schools, and organizations to showcase their Christmas spirit.

 JFA is honored to be able to host the parade this year with EATEL as they are the corporate sponsor.

With the continued growth, JFA would like to especially recognize the support and involvement of the Gonzales Police Department, the City of Gonzales, and The Ascension Parish Sheriffs office.

Strong partnership with these entities allows the parade to grow while maintaining the safe, family feel strived for year after year.

JFA looks forward to seeing regular participants, as well as many of the new businesses in parish, participate in this great family event. Each year it is so great to see the community come together and celebrate the holiday season.

Parade entries are confined to marching groups, including school affiliated bands, dance groups and cheerleading squads only, individual cars carrying dignitaries, and floats decorated within the limits of the theme. Vehicles, such as motorcycles, go-carts, mud trucks and low-riders will not be allowed.

The parade route will remain the same as last year. It will roll east on Worthey to Burnside, then North on Burnside to the Mall on Burnside Shopping Center where the parade will dismantle.

The parade has certain guidelines to ensure the safety of both participants and spectators, as well as to eliminate confusion.  No parking will be allowed on either side of Worthey Road, and the corner of Hwy. 44 and Worthey will again be barricaded to allow vehicles a clear path of procession. All floats and marching groups will be required to have at least four adult marshals to walk along and assist with ensuring the safety of the riders and spectators.

Line up begins at 10:30 a.m. and all float entries should be in place by 12 noon for judging. Each entry is judged in four categories: Overall Appearance, Use of theme, Creativity/Originality and Effort.  

As this is a family event for our community, alcohol is strictly prohibited.
If you would like to participate in this year’s parade or have any questions about the parade, you can visit the Jambalaya’s Web site  HYPERLINK "" or contact Fran Baker at 931-7709.

Participants should register before Thursday, November 25 to avoid a $50 late fee. No registrations will be accepted after Thursday, Dec. 2.