Simmesport Christmas Parade
2019 Simmesport Christmas on the River
The Simmesport Christmas on the River was a success. The Grand Marshall for the parade was town attorney Kirk LaCour. We would like to thank everyone who attended and participated in the festivities. A special thank you goes to the Town Workers who helped prepare for the event and the RISE organization who sponsored the events in Ehrhardt Park. RISE coordinated church groups to provide music and made available ornaments for kids and adults to customize and place on the tree. The entire event was a wonderful celebration of community togetherness and gathering to celebrate the spirit of the season.
2018 Christmas Festivities
Ms. Carolyn Barr-Alexander was chosen as Grand Marshal and led the Christmas parade. Over the years Ms. Carolyn has made many contributions to the Town of Simmesport and its people. A Simmesport native who resides in Houston, Ms. Carolyn has continually supported the Adult Education program and has hosted many, many people in her home who sought medical treatment in Houston. Ms. Carolyn still works as a nurse in Houston and somehow manages to keep up with all the happenings and events in Simmesport.
Lighting of the Tree
After the parade ran, everyone went back to Leo Ehrhardt Central Park for the Announcement of the parade winners and the lighting of the tree. The organization R.I.S.E. sold delicious gumbo to anyone who was hungry. The winners of the parade are as follows: Best Float- Bayou Chateau Nursing Home; Best Small Float- Ricky Adams; Best Marching Band or Dance Group – Avoyelles High Marching Band. Grand Marshal Carolyn Barr-Alexander was presented with an plaque for her dedicated service to the Town of Simmesport then she led the lighting of the Christmas Tree. After performances by local choral groups, Mayor Draper called for anyone who wanted to place an ornament on the tree in memory of a loved one to come forward. A wonderful time was had by everyone in the spirit of of the holidays.