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Northeast Louisiana holiday events

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MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - The Grinch might not be able to steal Christmas but it looks like mother nature is trying to disturb the holiday mood. There is a lot of activities scheduled to take place on Saturday December 7th throughout Northeast Louisiana but some of the activities are being canceled because of rain. Nolan Crane has some updates you might need to know before you make any plans.

It's beginning to look like Christmas in Monroe and with the wet weather it's also feeling like Christmas. Rain, snow or sleet won't stop the thirty year tradition of the Kiwanis Parade floats from rolling through the twin cities and with special guest as this year's grand marshals, the turnout could be the biggest ever.

"The parade has always been well attended in the past and of course with Duck Dynasty's popularity we expect an even larger than usual crowd," said Diana Russell.

The Bawcomville Redneck and Columbia parades will also go on as planned. Jonesville, Winnsboro and Farmerville canceled theirs. Last year the city of Monroe held their Christmas tree lighting ceremony outside, but this year Santa will be warm inside the Monroe Civic Center during the hour long Christmas program.

"He will arrive on a red fire truck with our Monroe Fire Department. He'll come, he'll be here for the kids, he'll have candy and all types of things," said Charles Thomas.

Although the Civic Center arena is empty now crews are setting up for the Rivermarket which will see a change of venue because of Mother Nature.

"Since it's Christmas time and so many people shop with the Rivermarket to do their Christmas shopping we wanted to make sure that we still provided that opportunity so we made the decision to move it here," said Myra Gatling-Akers.

While some Christmas events have changed their location and others are canceled there is still a lot for you and I do to have fun.


December 7th Event Schedule:

1) Kiwanis Parade begins at 3pm

2) Monroe tree lightening ceremony at 6pm at the Civic Center.

3) Rivermarket at 10-5 at the Civic Center

4) Bawcomville Redneck Parade at 10am

5) Columbia Parade at 6:30pm

(Jonesville, Farmerville and Winnsboro parades have been canceled.)

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