BAWCOMVILLE, La., (KNOE 8 News) - Part of the seasonal festivities in this area is a parade held in Bawcomville, known as the "Redneck Parade".
Each year, participants dust off their flatbed trailers, dress up their four-wheelers, put deer heads on hoods and try to outdo the each other at having the tackiest redneck entry for the annual event. This year is the 4th annual Bawcomville Redneck Christmas parade.
Organizer Catfish Jack Clampit says," The first year, we put this parade together as a way to fund-raise to buy presents for the children of Bawcomville. Santa and I share personalities and bodies every year as "Santa' listens to the children coming into the store. I kept hearing that these kids would tell Santa that they asked for presents last year and Santa never made it to their house. These stories tore at my heart and I started making my own list and finding out the family names so I could go out as Santa and bring these children - Christmas. It makes Christmas so much more special knowing that these kids will have presents under the tree. Not only are the children overjoyed but also the parents, you can see such relief and tears in their eyes ,that all the work putting a parade together is worth it . Our employees and families buy toys and gifts with the $10.00 fee and the unwrapped toys get wrapped and all are delivered for Christmas. The store also serves as a drop off point for toys for the kids."
Each year the parade gets larger and better and the route has also expanded since the amount of entries was over 500 strong last year. The $10.00 fee is inexpensive so everyone can participate and have a good time. Families build their own floats , or sit in pick up trucks and have a taste of being in a parade. Local Business try to outdo each other with outlandish displays on their floats.
We'll have more on this annual event tonight on KNOE 8 News.