Lighted boat parade tradition continues

This file photo of a previous parade shows the boats as they make their way down Cane River toward the Church Street Bridge. Photo by Hannah Richardson

In 2019, the Festival Committee partnered with the Natchitoches Rotary Club to bring back the Boat Parade. After rave reviews, the tradition will continue this year Saturday, Dec. 12 at 5:30 p.m.

Boats will begin at the Washington Street boat launch and travel South on Cane River making several passes for onlookers downtown.

A $10 entry fee is required for all boats entering the parade.

Cash prizes will be awarded for the top entries.

Boats must be lit and decorated in a Christmas theme.

There are two yellow safety buoys that boats will be required to be behind during the parade for safety. Fireworks will follow the parade, therefore be prepared to stay in your position until after Fire Marshal releases area.  For more information contact Betty Fuller 318-617-3235.

Anyone wishing to participate in the parade should contact Natchitoches Main Street, Jill Leo, at 318-357-3822. Boats may register at