The Donaldsonville Downtown Development District and Mainstreet Donaldsonville will host the free annual Avenue Evening Stroll from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday along Mississippi Street, Marchand and Railroad Avenue in Donaldsonville.

This walk through time highlights culture and art since the 1806 founding of Donaldsonville, a news release from the Donaldsonville Downtown Development District and Mainstreet said.

The stroll will begin at Alvin Batiste Studio, across from Elray Kocke Hardware, 512 Mississippi St.

To make access to the event easier, Railroad Avenue will be closed to motorized traffic for the duration of the event.

“Many of our Mainstreet merchant locations open doors late to greet customers, diners and visitors,” said Missy Jandura, executive director of Main Street Donaldsonville and Donaldsonville Downtown Development. “We are very excited with the expansion of locations and Railroad Avenue closure during the event. Not only will this make our event safer, but allows us to increase the number of artists and authors we can serve during the event. Self-supplied tents are allowed outside for our registered participants to set up shop. We are also planning an arts and crafts area, by popular request, to bring in a variety of art.”

The stroll will continue down Railroad Avenue past the light to the railroad lines. Mississippi Street will feature the renovated Columns on the River housing, Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus, artists and music.

Horse and buggies will be available for people arriving and leaving the event, the release said. In addition, Lemann’s Building will open its doors for a trip into the past and music, the release said. Christmas lights will be displayed in Louisiana Square, the River Road African American Museum will be open for tours and festivities will be held in Jazz Plaza. First Methodist Church will sponsor a live Nativity while Ascension Catholic High School will participate as living history actors. Richard Zeringue and Crazy Bout History will perform two shows inspired by Donaldsonville’s past, the release said. The Donaldsonville Chamber of Commerce and Ascension Tourism will answer questions about Ascension Parish and Donaldsonville. Donaldsonville Glass and Body Works will host Swamp Pop and Classic Rock, and KaeBo and Van Broussard will perform during the event.

Chairman of the stroll, Jeffery Bean, asked all visitors dress in their favorite period costumes. Last year, many students of Ascension Catholic High School donned costumes, including those from antebellum times, the 1920s and the 1950s, he said.

Donaldsonville is the only Mainstreet Community in Ascension Parish and one of only 34 in Louisiana, the release said. Donaldsonville is the second largest historic district in Louisiana, cultural district, downtown development district and enterprise zone, the release said.

The development district is currently looking for sponsors, volunteers, artists, living history groups and authors to participate in the event.

For information, visit its Facebook page, Main Street Donaldsonville, call (225) 323-2555 or send an email to director ddd@gmail.com.

The event is sponsored by local residents and the state Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism.