A NEW Holiday Parade is Rolling Through New Orleans

When it comes to a great parade, we all know a thing or two about what makes them special. This year, Children’s Hospital New Orleans is starting a new tradition with a first-of-its kind Holiday Parade in downtown New Orleans on Saturday, December 3 at 11 a.m.

The more than 20-float parade will include custom-designed, holiday-themed floats that include animatronic props, intelligent lighting systems, special effects, and audio systems, along with traditional rider floats.

The parade will also feature high-flying helium balloons displayed for the first-time in New Orleans, along with beloved marching groups and bands. And of course, it wouldn’t be a holiday experience without Santa and his friends.

The Holiday Parade will begin at the corner of Esplanade Avenue and North Peters Street, traveling North Peters to Decatur Street through the vibrant French Market toward Jackson Square and Oscar Dunn Park, where it will bring the joy and magic of the holiday season to life. The parade will then make its way back to North Peters, turning right on Canal Street, left on Baronne Street, traveling through downtown to Julia Street and ending along St. Charles Avenue in front of Lafayette Square, where the holiday festivities will continue from 1-3 p.m. with music from Rebirth Brass Band and food for all to enjoy.

To learn more about the Children’s Hospital New Orleans Holiday Parade and Lafayette Square Holiday Experience, visit

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