Good crowd turns out for Louisiana’s Winter Wonderland
Louisiana Pee-Wee cheerleader BeckaJo Kidd dressed up as a Christmas present during Winter Wonderland held Friday, Nov. 29.
About 400 people braved the cold and turned out for the Louisiana Chamber of Commerce’s Winter Wonderland on Friday, Nov. 29.
The evening in downtown Louisiana started with a lighted parade down Georgia Street, enhanced by turning the street lights off.
“I was happy with it and the turnout,” said Chamber Director Chris Koetters. “I’m hoping for more floats next year.”
The grand prize float award was given to Girl Scout Troop 9300. Second place went to the float created by Girl Scout Troops 9256 and 9257.
The most lights award went to Girl Scout Troop 9252.
Winter Wonderland used to be coordinated by the area’s Girl Scout troops, but they couldn’t do it this year, although they strongly participated in the parade.
The chamber decided to sponsor the event to keep it alive and to promote city business.
In the walkers category of the parade, the Howard Street Dance performers took first place. The Louisiana Pee-Wee Cheerleaders came in second.
After the parade, the crowd gathered at Flansburg Park at Fourth and Louisiana for hot chocolate.
Santa Claus turned on a large Christmas tree in the center of the park with the flick of a switch on a nearby utility pole.
“That was the highlight for me,” Koetters said. “The kids really loved it.”
Almost 100 of the children also got to visit with Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus.
The following day, the chamber promoted Small Business Saturday along with the Louisiana Economic Development Committee.
Shoppers were given cards at chamber businesses to win $500 in prizes.
“We got a lot of positive response from businesses and customers as well,” Koetters said. “We’ll definitely do it again. I will send a survey out to those who participated to see how we can improve it for next year.”