Lighted Boat Parade to return to Natchitoches Christmas Festival


The Lighted Boat Parade is back for the 93rd Annual Natchitoches Christmas Festival! The Natchitoches Rotary Club will present the boat parade Saturday, Dec. 14 beginning at 5:30 p.m.

The parade will begin at the north end of the Riverbank adjacent to the Roque House. Boats will check in at Beaux Jardin on the riverbank beginning at 4 p.m. until 5:15 p.m.

The parade will precede south under the Church Street Bridge to the end of the downtown riverbank and adjacent to the Santa House and Restrooms. It will turn north and precede back to Beau Jardin to complete the run. Three trips will be made following the same pattern. The Natchitoches Christmas Belles will serve as official judges for the boat parade.

The cost to participate is $10 per boat. Registration can be completed online at or the entry can pay with check at registration. Boats entered will receive priority parking for the fireworks.

Each boat must be lighted and remain lighted for the duration of the parade.

Award will be presented. First place is $100, second place is $75 and third place is $50.

This event is used as a fundraiser to support local Rotary projects. The Rotary Club Dictionary Project is where every fourth grade student in Natchitoches Parish Schools receives a personalized dictionary/resource book, which includes many items such as information about U.S. Presidents, the Constitution, and many other items. The second project is the Scholarship Essay Competition, where students at area high schools write an essay and submit it for possible scholarships to address college expenses.

If predicted weather becomes an issue, the parade will be canceled by noon Saturday, Dec. 14.