Is it too early to talk Christmas parade–Never!

The Coushatta-Red River Chamber of Commerce announced that planning for the 2023 Christmas celebration is underway. December 7 is the appointed date, and the parade will begin at 4:30 p.m. The route for the parade will be the same as in years past. All floats will line up in the industrial park in front of the ball fields. The parade will begin in front of the Red River Community Center and continue to Front Street. All floats will disembark at the First Methodist Church parking lot. Fireworks will start at 6:00 p.m. These fireworks are always a highlight and are by the same company that provides for the Natchitoches Festival.

The theme of this year’s parade is “Christmas in Your Heart”. All floats should represent what puts Christmas in your heart. It might be a song, the Christ story, a tree, or a toy; the examples are endless. Beginning next week, look for the form link on the Chamber Facebook page to sign up for a float in the parade.

Vendors are also encouraged to sign up for the event. Vendors can sell food or merchandise. Links to forms will be available on the Facebook page as well.

More information will be shared as it becomes available. Karen Squires said she was thankful for everyone working together for this great event in the parish. The City Council, City Police, Mayor, Sheriff and Deputies, and the parish join the Chamber and area businesses to make this event successful.