Ascension Chamber Christmas parade rolls
How it went
Grand Marshall Buzzy Haydel led the 2009 Chamber of Commerce Christmas Parade through downtown Gonzales Sunday before a crowd estimated by the chamber to be 25 to 30,000 people strong.
On the streets were 110 floats of every size and shape, representing three different categories.
“My gosh, there was a lot of stuff thrown, stuffed animals, beads, candy and kinds of things,” Chamber President/CEO Sherry Despino said Monday afternoon.
This year, under two new ordinances enacted by the Gonzales City Council, those attending the parade were not allowed to have alcoholic beverages are bring pets along the parade route streets.
“Everybody told me the crowds and safety seemed to be more controlled this year,” she said.
Police Chief Sherman Jackson reported no arrests or incidents during the parade.
In fact, Jackson said there were no arrests all over the city over the weekend.
“It’s the first time there were no arrests like that since I’ve been on the police force, he said Monday.
Area law enforcement agencies took part in the parade in greater numbers this year, according to the chief.
Among the groups were the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office Task Force and Motorcycle Division, the police chief of St. Gabriel and town officers, motorcycle officers from Denham Springs and Baton Rouge and Louisiana State Police.
Best of Show - St. Elizabeth Hospital
Civic Religious Category
1st Place- Dutchtown, East Ascension and St. Amant High Homecoming Queens and Mascots
2nd place – Ascension Christian High School
3rd place – Baton Rouge Aids Society
Honorable mentions – True Light Worship Center, St. Amant High School FFA
1st Place- Cub Scout Pack 249, Float No. 2
2nd place – Dutchtown 4H Club
3rd place – Oak Grove Primary 4H Club Float No. 2.
Honorable mentions - Cub Scout Pack 399, Girl Scouts Troop 10262 and Dancing Daisy’s
1st Place- Cox Communications
2nd place - EATEL
3rd place - Area Realty
Honorable mentions – All About Insurance, Impact Cheerleading, Krewe of Nemesis Hebert Steel, LaBowtique, Lori’s School of Dance Floats 1 & 2, Misuraca Orthodontics and Oak Lane Memorial Park.
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