Houma Downtown Christmas Festival and Parade
Saturday, December 3, 2016
Houma Downtown Christmas Festival is a free holiday festival that provides Houma and surrounding areas a fun-filled, family-oriented Christmas festival. The event will include Santa's Workshop for kids, caroling, craft vendors, music, delicious food, 5K Ugly Sweater Run, Christmas Shopping, Story Telling, and more. The festival is managed by an all-volunteer committee. Proceeds from the festival will go to maintain Downtown Houma Christmas decorations and sustain the festival for years to come. The festival is from 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. with the Christmas Parade starting at 3:00 p.m. Santa will be in the Courthouse Square from approximately 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Christmas Festival - 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Christmas Parade - 3:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Santa in the Courthouse Square - 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Christmas is a season of peace and goodwill. It is particularly a season for families and children. Unlike the more broadly based party nature of Mardi Gras, we try to keep the whole Christmas parade in tune with the underlying seasonal and family focus. This parade is, and always has been, intended to play to an audience of children, particularly young children, but in recent years, there have been a number of complaints that the parade is losing focus. For that reason, we have expanded the conditions for participation in the Christmas Parade, in the hope that everyone will remember the special nature of this parade and be encouraged to ensure that it is enjoyed by all.
Conditions of Participation
When planning your theme and costumes for this parade, please keep Christmas holiday traditions in mind. Our basic requirement for participation is that your activities are child friendly and within the accepted local concept of the season. Last year saw an unprecedented number of complaints about some thematic choices.
If you choose to have throws, please keep these to stuffed toys and candies. Remember that there will be a lot of young children, so throw under-hand to reduce the likelihood of injuries.
Respect the family/children focus of this event. The consumption of alcoholic beverages of any kind is not permitted, on or around any of the floats, during this parade.
This is not the Mardi Gras Parade, so please do not throw beads, or other Mardi Gras items. Keep the focus on Christmas.
Out of respect for all cultures and beliefs, Religious materials are not to be handed out or thrown by parade participants, but you may select a religious theme for your float if you so choose.
The second highest number of complaints last year related to the type of music being played or broadcast. If you are going to play music, it MUST be appropriate to the season.
The parish aims to Keep Terrebonne Tidy, so please do not throw empty boxes, bags, or wrappings off the floats. Trash disposal facilities will be available at the end of the parade.
If we each do our best to meet these minimal requirements for parade participation, we can all look forward a happy and enjoyable experience for all of the families and, particularly, the small children who so look forward to this event each year. Make it a special time for them.