An ‘ugly’ parade to cherish
DONALDSONVILLE – On Dec. 19, the streets of Donaldsonville were crowded with ugly sweaters as the theme for the City’s Christmas parade fell into full effect.
The parade comprised of 13 floats with riders donning the ugliest sweaters this side of the Mississippi, a host of dance companies, the Donaldsonville High School (DHS) Mighty Tiger Marching Band and Miss Donaldsonville Teen 2015.
Many floats belonged to different classes of the DHS Alumni Association and were judged by the Honorable Mayor Leroy Sullivan, and Janell Bazile Nelson of the Donaldsonville High Alumni Association.
“We are in the process of changing the reputation of our beloved city,” Nelson said. “Instead of discussing what needs to be done, we've decided to do something about it – change is coming, so get ready."
Credited with organizing the parade is Murray Walker, who also serves as Community Outreach Ryder's President. But while his brainchild, Walker had lots of help implementing the grand event by way of The Street Legal Riders, LA Riders of Alexandria, DHS Alumni Association, Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office, the City of Donaldsonville and a host of others.
“My love is for my community, our community,” Walker said. “I do it to put a smile on the children's faces, the elderly faces and [to] remember those who are less fortunate than others.”
As the parade drew to a close, the event switched gears as local schools and volunteers passed out snacks ranging from hot dogs and drinks to cookies and coco. ‘Mrs. Santa’ read and passed out books, Officer and DHS Alumnus Curtis Bush lead a guided horse ride and there was even snow. In the midst of the festivities, children and adults alike rushed the bearded man in the red suit – Santa Claus.
The culminating activity was the toy and bike giveaway, which were donated by area groups and individuals.