The St. George Fire Department’s annual Santa Claus parades continue Saturday and Sunday in the department’s service area.

The parade, which features Santa atop a firetruck and agencies collecting food and toys, kicked off Saturday in south Baton Rouge and continues this weekend in the neighborhoods between Airline Highway and the Mississippi River on Dec. 13-14.

If you missed Santa last weekend or don’t see him this weekend, food and toy barrels are located at every St. George Fire Station.

Saturday’s parade begins at 10 a.m. and Sunday’s parade will begin at noon.

The department is partnering with the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank and Christmas for Challenged Children, a local faith-based group that helps make Christmas merrier for children facing chronic or life-threatening medical issues.

For those of you who may not be familiar with the tradition, Santa Claus will parade up and down the streets of each subdivision in the St. George Fire Protection District on top of a St. George fire engine. Following the firetruck will be a truck from the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank, and following it will be a vehicle from the Christmas for Challenged Children organization.

“We urge all to please have your donations bagged and ready by the door so when you hear the truck coming down your street, you can hand it to the appropriate volunteer in the trucks behind the fire engine,” a news release from the department said. “For safety’s sake, please do not approach the firetruck and try to hand your gifts directly to Santa or the firefighters.”

The Food Bank will accept nonperishable food goods or contributions by check made out to the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank.

The Christmas for Challenged Children organization will collect new and unwrapped Christmas gifts and personal toiletries for children ages infant to 17.

For information about what subdivisions Santa will visit on which weekend, visit St. George’s website at www.stgeorgefire.com.