Applications accepted for Christmas festival boat parade

Posted On September 20, 2007

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The Natchitoches Christmas Festival is accepting applications for the 2007 Christmas Festival Lighted Boat Parade.

The parade, which is the first major event of the 2007 Christmas Festival, will be at 6 p.m. November 30 Cane River Lake in downtown Natchitoches. Barges, boats, canoes, virtually anything that floats safely can enter. There is no entry fee; however, every entry must have lights.

First place will receive $250; second place receives $150 and third place receives $100. Additionally, the Cane River Waterway Commission is offering a $200 safety award to the entry that exhibits the best water safety features. Miss Merry Christmas and the Christmas Belles are the parade’s official judges.

This event has become one of the most popular events of the festival season. This year it has been expanded to make it an even greater spectacle and to offer the opportunity for everyone to become a part of the fun of the festival. To enter the barge parade or for more information, call Lori Tate at (318) 357-8744, (318) 354-8761 or cell (318) 663-8744.

For more information about the festival, call Nick Pollacia Jr., Natchitoches Christmas Festival director, at (318) 352-6894, or Iris Harper at the Natchitoches Parish Tourist Commission at (800) 259-1714. For more information on the Christmas Festival, visit www.christmasfestival.com

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