The City of Lake Charles is calling for entries in two annual parades slated for Saturday, December 5 as part of the Light up the Lake Christmas Celebration. At 1 p.m. local groups, including schools, businesses, civic groups, performing groups and neighborhood kids will join Santa for a journey through Downtown Lake Charles. The parade will travel south on Ryan Street from Mill Street to Dr. Michael Debakey Drive. Trophies will be awarded in several categories including best decorated vehicles and floats, as well as the best marching bands and specialty groups. Everyone in the community is invited to join as a participant or a spectator.
The lighted boat parade will begin at 6:30 p.m. along the Lakefront Promenade. Each boat will be judged on originality, creativity, decorations, presentation, and enthusiasm. Prizes will be awarded in first through third places for boats in length of 25 feet and under, and 26 feet and over. Other categories include best crew and best of show. Afterwards, the sky will explode into a kaleidoscope of color with the fireworks extravaganza.
Additional Light up the Lake events held at the Civic Center includes Santa’s Workshop, the Community Band Concert and the lighting ceremony on the front lawn. All events are free for attendees as well as participants. For entry forms or more information, please contact the City of Lake Charles at 491-1201 firstname.lastname@example.org or www.cityoflakecharles.com.