Paradegoers at the Dec. 19 Donaldsonville Christmas parade may have noticed lots of ugly Christmas sweaters being worn by float riders.

This year’s parade had an “ugly sweater” theme, organizers said.

The parade was organized by Community Outreach Ryders President Murray Walker with assistance from The Street Legal Riders, LA Riders of Alexandria, Donaldsonville High School Alumni Association, Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office, the city of Donaldsonville and others.

“My love is for my community, our community. I do it to put a smile on the children’s faces, the elderly faces and remember those who are less fortunate than others. I was well pleased,” Walker said.

The parade included 13 floats with riders donning ugly sweaters, a host of dance companies and the Donaldsonville High Mighty Tiger Marching Band and Miss Donaldsonville Teen 2015. Floats were judged by Mayor Leroy Sullivan and Janell Bazile Nelson, of the Donaldsonville High Alumni Association.

As the parade wound down, local school workers and volunteers passed out snacks and drinks, including hot dogs, cookies and cocoa. Mrs. Claus read and passed out books, children and adults visited with Santa Claus and Officer Curtis Bush, a Donaldsonville High alumnus, led a guided horse ride.

The event wrapped up with a toy and bike giveaway in Crescent Park.