The first two weekends of December will see Santa Claus making his way through south Baton Rouge during the annual St. George Fire Department Santa Parades.

This year’s parades roll at 10 a.m. Saturday, noon Sunday, 10 a.m. Dec. 9 and noon Dec. 10, with all parades continuing until dusk.

The parades will run north/east of Airline Highway on the Amite River side for the first weekend and south/west of Airline Highway on the Mississippi River side on the second weekend. Residents should listen for the sound of the fire engine.

The traditional Santa Parades have Santa going up and down the streets of each subdivision in the St. George Fire Protection District atop a fire engine. A truck from St. Vincent de Paul will follow the fire truck, collecting nonperishable food items and new, unwrapped toys for families in need. Checks made out to St. Vincent de Paul also will be accepted.

Families are asked to have donations bagged and ready for when the Santa Parade rolls by. Hand gifts to volunteers in the trucks behind the fire engine, not to Santa or the firefighters.

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