Simmesport Christmas Parade

2019 Simmesport Christmas on the River


Applications for the 2019 Simmesport Christmas on the River are out. The festivities will be held on Sunday, December 1, 2019. Anyone wishing to participate in the parade can download an application below and turn it into the Simmesport Town Hall. Click on the links below for a copy of the parade application and a copy of the route map for the parade.

Christmas on the Bayou Application

Parade Route

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.

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