Denham Springs Christmas Parade

People riding a float sponsored by Hope Dental Care throw beads and candy to people on the side of Range Avenue during the Denham Springs Christmas Parade on Saturday, Dec. 9.

DENHAM SPRINGS – The fifth annual Denham Springs Kiwanis Club Christmas parade slated for Saturday will not roll this year.

A 90 percent chance of rain expected throughout the day forced cancellation of the event, which was set to roll through Denham Springs.

The event will not be rescheduled.

“For the safety and security of our volunteers, participants and spectators, The Kiwanis Club of Denham Springs has made the difficult decision to cancel this year’s parade,” club president Michele Crosby said. “This is disappointing for everyone involved.”

Kiwanis Club members considered a move to Dec. 15, but the lack of available staging areas for floats, bands and other parade attractions left no options other than cancellation, club president Michelle Crosby said.

The parade already underwent changes this year because of the Dec. 8 election, which forced a relocation of the staging area from Denham Springs High School to the parking lot of Healing Place Church.

Both sites were unavailable for a Dec. 15 parade.

“We appreciate the patience and understanding of all of our spectators, participants, volunteers, sponsors and the venues who worked with us, and waited for us, tirelessly during the process. We’ll see you next year for “Christmas on the Bayou,” Crosby said. “We wish happy holidays and Merry Christmas to you and yours from all of us at the Kiwanis Club of Denham Springs.”

The Christmas in the Village festivities will continue with the Lighting of the Christmas Tree at Train Station Park on Thursday, Dec. 13, beginning at 6 p.m.

They will continue with a live nativity scene, presented by Livingston Parish Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD), at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 15, also at Train Station Park.     

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