Donaldsonville Avenue Stroll draws record crowd

Greg Fischer Editor-in-chief
Children with glowing masks and toys met Santa by the fire truck.

The Donaldsonville Avenue Stroll filled Railroad Avenue with people in the Holiday Spirit on Saturday, November 17.

Mini-trains rode up and down the street filled with children and their parents. Assistant Fire Chief Travis Cedotal dressed as Santa and posed for pictures. Music filled the air, whether it came from the choir at Bicentennial Jazz Plaza, Louisiana Square, or from behind a fancy bicycle.

Rotary President Juanita C. Pearley sold soft drinks on the street. APSO Chief Deputy Bobby Webre, State Rep. Ken Brass, Mayor Leroy Sullivan, and some of the city council also took part in the activities.

Children rode a mini-ferris wheel and took photographs with Paw Patrol characters. Vendors sold food, drinks, jewelry, and clothes.

The River Road African American Museum held their doors open and hosted free "lantern tours," which featured a Donaldsonville history lesson complete with actors.

Additionally, The Grapevine restaurant kept their doors open and stayed busy, featuring live music from former Fire Chief Chuck Montero and band.