Spectacular Ascension Veteran’s Parade planned Thursday

Wade McIntyre

A Veteran’s Day Parade will kickoff festivities Nov. 11 for the four-day “Festival of Festival’s” Nov. 11-14 at Lamar Dixon -- and parish officials say it will be like nothing before seen in Ascension Parish.

About the Parade

Look for over 60 entries in the marching parade which starts at the Gonzales Civic Center and proceeds on Burnside Avenue to Hwy. 30. There will be a float for Gov. Jindal and elected officials, horseback riders, motorcycle riders, marching bands, classic cars, ambulances, bagpipe players, re-enactment groups, participating veterans from surrounding parishes, and more. Expect a big, loud flashy parade; after all, officials say its all about honoring American veterans, and kicking off the first of what is expected to be a long line of annual “Festival of Festival” events.

What’s Unique

• Military flyover by F-115 jets at 4:15 on the parade route.

• Huge 42 x 50-foot American flag carried and displayed by multiple marchers.

• Unprecedented public gathering of elected officials in the parish.

• Floats with a Veterans Day theme

• Around 5,000 miniature flags given away, donated by Sen. Jody Amedee, Rep. Eddie Lambert, Rep. Mert Smiley.

• Viewing area for persons with special needs

• Red, white and blue theme; wear the colors

Nuts and Bolts

• Parade entrants begin lining up on Irma Boulevard at Civic Center at 3 p.m.

• Parade starts Nov. 11 at 4:15 p.m.

• Parade travels from Civic Center onto West Worthey Road, then turns left on Burnside.

• Burnside Avenue closes from 3:35 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. to accommodate parade. Plan now to seek alternate routes during this time.

AFTER THE PARADE

• The Festival of Festivals opens at 6 p.m. Thursday at Lamar-Dixon Expo Center

• Free admission and parking

• Over 25 expected festivals on the grounds

• Free Baton Rouge Concert Band performance

• Free Chris LeBlanc concert at 7 p.m.

• Free Marcia Ball concert at 10 p.m.