Tens of thousands attend JFA Christmas Parade

Wade McIntyre
Santa Clause rolls into town for the Jambalaya Festival Association Christmas Parade in Gonzales Sunday. Led by Grand Marshal Van and Grace Broussard, the event attracted over 30,000 people.

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

Children's Division

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

The Donaldsonville High School band marches during Sunday’s Christmas Parade in Gonzales.