Annual Jones Creek parade ready to roll _lowres


The Jones Creek Area Business Association’s annual Christmas Parade, “Christmas on the Creek,” is set to roll Sunday starting at 2 p.m., said John Kovalcik, past president and Webmaster for the JCABA.

The 2014 grand marshal is state Sen. Bodi White.

Part of the parade’s tradition, Kovalcik said, is to choose a king and queen who have either undergone treatment for illness at St. Jude Children’s Hospital, or are in treatment there, in honor of a few families in the neighborhood who have had experiences with the hospital. One of the business owners in the association suggested they choose a special pair of patients to ride as royalty.

This year, JCABA crowned Queen Chandler Payne and King Daniel Rowe.

The parade started about 12 years ago originally as a July 4 parade, but the heat prompted a move to Christmas after the first year, according to the JCABA’s website.

In 2012, the parade had over 75 entries, and it has become one of the largest privately held Christmas parades in the greater Baton Rouge area, the site said.

The parade was canceled for the first time last year due to weather, so the JCABA is eager to get back on the road, Kovalcik said.

The parade starts just north of Coursey Boulevard and Jones Creek Road and runs south down Jones Creek to Tiger Bend. Parking is available all along Jones Creek south of Coursey.

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