Murray Walker and volunteers with the Donaldsonville High School Alumni Association are making sure Donaldsonville has a Christmas parade this year.
“Nobody was going to do it, so we decided to step in,” Walker said Monday.
The parade rolls at 2 p.m. Saturday, starting at the ball park on Church Street, rolling down Marchand Drive to Railroad Avenue and ending in Crescent Park.
For the past few years, other area volunteers and groups have hosted the parade, but this year’s parade was in jeopardy of not happening until, Walker said, “I knew I had to step up.”
“I love my community so I’m doing what it takes to make this parade happen,” he said.
On Monday, he had 10 float entries and a few marching units signed up and two groups on board to host a toy giveaway in the park.
Louisiana Rider from Alexandria and Street Legal Riders agreed to donate toys for a party after the parade.
“I’m excited ... because it’s all coming together,” he said.
Grand marshals are Mayor Leroy Sullivan and recent retirees from the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office Maj. Schewanda Taylor, Assistant Warden Floyd Batiste and Capt. Dean Werner.
Parish Councilman Oliver Joseph is providing jambalaya for band members marching in the parade, he said.
“The community is really coming together,” Walker said. “Donaldsonville will have a Christmas parade.”