Tens of thousands attend JFA Christmas Parade
A crowd estimated at over 30,000 people lined up on a beautiful but cold day to catch a glimpse of Santa and his elves Sunday for the Jambalaya Festival Association Ascension Christmas Parade, sponsored by EATEL.
“I was really worried about the temperatures, but the floats started coming in around 9:30 a.m. and we could see people had already started getting their spots to watch the parade, and we knew everything would be great,” said Fran Baker of the JFA.
The parade rolled at 2 p.m. with 104 entries floats, including Grand Marshall Van and Grace Broussard, and the “Spirit of Louisiana.”
The JFA Christmas Parade winners included the following:
Best of Show:
Smith Tank and Steel - Float Title: Gonzales Polar Express
Commercial / Industrial
1st Place - Genesis Learning Center
2nd Place - Walmart Gonzales
3rd Place - Bonneval Foods
1st Place - Galvez Tigers Youth Football
2nd Place - Cub Scout Pack # 69
3rd Place - Dutchtown 4-H Club
1st Place - St. Amant Future Farmers of America
2nd Place - Gonzales JFA Kings & Queens Float