The Hammond Christmas parade will roll this Saturday in downtown Hammond, said Charlotte Banks, executive director of the Hammond Chamber of Commerce.
The Chamber of Commerce is in charge of the parade, which will start at 5 p.m., Banks said.
This year’s parade will feature 67 participants who will have floats or cars in the parade - including five high school marching bands and the Southeastern Louisiana University Spirit of the South Marching Band, she said.
New to the parade this year are the Battle of the Bands and The Golden Spirit Award competitions, she said. Parade goers are encouraged to vote for their favorite marching band and parade participant on the Hammond Chamber of Commerce Facebook page.
Voting will close on Sunday night at midnight and the winners of these two new categories will be announced Monday morning.
This year’s grand marshal is Guy Recotta Jr.
Saturday night’s lineup includes the following: Hammond Police Department, Hammond Fire Department, SLU Fire Department, Natalbany Fire Department, Hammond High JROTC, Hammond Jr. High ROTC, GWRRA, Northshore Broadcasting Kajun 107.1, Grand Marshal Guy Recotta Jr., Miss Southeastern Louisiana University, SLU Spirit of the Southland Marching Band, Hammond Knights, Inc., or Hammond Knights Foundation, Lemoine Academy of Dance, Zapp’s Potato Chips, Children’s International Medical Group, Hampton Inn of Hammond, Krewe of Omega or Northlake Carnival Club, Louisiana Ballroom, Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office, Still Water Baptist Church, Anthon Chiropractic Care, Grass Master,
Hammond High Band, Hammond High Flags, Torettes, Cub Scout Pack 170, Historic Michabelle Inn, El Agave Mexican Restaurant, Jon and Magan Major, Trafton Academy Cheerleaders, Louisiana Children’s Discovery Center, Hammond Rotary Club, Greater Rosehill Baptist Church, Amite High Marching Band, Shimeka’s Tax Service, Big Wheel Inc., Ms. Baton Rouge, New Star Missionary Baptist Church, Grace Memorial Episcopal Church, Richard Murphy Hospice Foundation,
Independence High School Band, Livingston Lodge #160, Greater St. James Missionary Baptist Church, Tangipahoa Parish Fair, Samantha Falk — Jr. Miss Dance of Louisiana 2013, Gulf Coast Social Services, First United Pentecostal Church of Ponchatoula, Miss Heart of the USA, St. Helena Central High Band, Rose’s Social Club, Happy Feet Learning Center, Hammond Safe Community, 236th CBCS LA Air National Guard, The Howze family, McDonald’s Restauraunt, TNT Spirit Explosion Cheer & Dance, Whitney Bank, Indigo Knight Modeling, Lord Save The Children, Loranger High Marching Band, Star Equipment, Ed’s Plumbing, Options, Options Throwback Float, Santa Claus, Big Wheel Inc.
The order of the line-up is subject to change, she said.
The parade can be viewed anywhere along the following route: University to North General Pershing; North General Pershing to West Dakota Street; West Dakota Street to Oak Street; Oak Street to Charles Street; Charles Street to Magnolia Street; Magnolia Street to West Thomas Street; West Thomas Street to Railroad Avenue; Railroad Avenue to Oak Street and from Oak Street to University.
Also, the Campaign for Tobacco Free Living is inviting families to enjoy some pre-parade fun at “The Zone,” a smoke-free and alcohol-free area in front of the Lab School on General Pershing that will host activities, snacks and giveaways from 4 p.m. until the parade starts.
For additional information, call the chamber office at 345-4457 or visit the chamber website at hammondchamber.org.