Ascension Christmas Parade theme announced 'Rockin Around the Christmas Tree'

Fran Baker JFA Christmas Parade Chairman

The Jambalaya Festival Association has announced the theme for the 2012 Ascension JFA Christmas Parade "Rockin Around the Christmas Tree.''

Mark your calendar for Sunday, Dec. 9 at 2 p.m. for the Annual Christmas Parade and help us kick off the holiday season.

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

The JFA is honored to be able to host the parade this year as well as EATEL as they are the corporate sponsor. With the continued growth, we would like to especially recognize the support and involvement of the Gonzales Police Department, The City of Gonzales, The Ascension Parish Sheriffs office, and The Ascension Radio Club.

Our strong partnership with these entities allows the parade to grow while maintaining the safe, family feel that we strive for year after year.

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

Parade entries are confined to marching groups (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.

Applications for this year's parade visit the Jambalaya's Web site www.jambalayafestival.orgor questions contact Fran Baker at 931-7709.

Participants should register by Monday, Nov. 19. No late applications will be taken.