Christmas parade

The 66th annual Cortana Kiwanis Downtown Christmas Parade rolls through downtown at 5:30 p.m. Saturday. More than 70,000 people watch the traditional parade live while thousands more watch it on television. Entries include a mix of marching bands, celebrities, dance troupes, nonprofit organizations and local businesses.

See a map of the parade route at

Festivities with BREC

Get into the spirit of the season this weekend with free holiday events sponsored by BREC.

FRIDAY: A park lighting ceremony, candlelight caroling and other family activities for all ages are available at the eighth annual Caroling in the Park at City-Brooks Community Park from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. There will be hot chocolate, games and more, including a visit from Santa after the ceremony.

SATURDAY: The Toys for Tots Ollie Challenge & Highest BMX Hop at Perkins Road Community Park’s Extreme Sports Park is slated from noon to 4 p.m. People can watch or compete in the extreme skills event and donate a new toy for a child in need through Toys for Tots.

SUNDAY: Enjoy the annual Creole Christmas and Holiday Fair at Magnolia Mound Plantation from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. As well as seasonal decorations in the historic house, participants will enjoy local schoolchildren performing traditional songs in French and Spanish, period demonstrations, folk crafts and an annual bonfire welcoming Papa Noel.

Mr. Dewey’s birthday

Bluebonnet Regional Branch Library is celebrating the birthday of Melvil Dewey, inventor of the Dewey Decimal System, with an activity for children at 10:30 a.m. Saturday.

Kids ages 7 to 11 will listen to “Dewey: There’s a Cat in the Library” by Vicki Myron, make a Dewey Cat and learn about the Dewey Decimal System.

Call (225) 763-2260 to register.

Rock and rhythm

Members of the Lagniappe Dulcimer Society will perform family-friendly modern and traditional holiday songs in meeting room 2 of Bluebonnet Regional Branch Library from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday. The audience is invited to sing along and play rhythm instruments.

Call (225) 763-2260 to register.

Teen ornaments

Whether as a quick gift or an outlet to relax, teens can decorate holiday ornaments at Bluebonnet Regional Branch Library at 6:30 p.m. Monday. All supplies will be provided.

Holiday Fest

Virginia College’s second annual Holiday Fest with Santa is slated for 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday at the college’s campus at 9501 Cortana Place.

The community is invited to participate in free family-friendly activities including photos with Santa, writing thank-you notes for military troops, refreshments, popcorn, a tacky sweater contest, crafts, giveaways and more. Those ages 18 and older can enter to win prizes such as Amazon gift cards, a news release said.

Zumba Gold

Bluebonnet Regional Branch Library is accepting registration for Zumba Gold at 6 p.m. Wednesday.

The fitness program fuses dancing with international and Latin rhythms and music. The slower-paced class is good for seniors or beginners of any age and will be taught by licensed Zumba instructor Marti Luke.

Register by calling (225) 763-2240 or visiting

Corvette Club

The Baton Rouge Corvette Club meets at 7 p.m. the second Wednesday of every month at the St. George Fire Department station at 14100 Airline Highway. A coffee social begins at 6:30 p.m. Visit for details.

Editor's Note: This column was changed on Nov. 6 to correct the date of the Cortana Kiwanis Downtown Christmas Parade.

Contact Southside Advocate Editor Darlene Denstorff by phone, (225) 388-0215 or (225) 603-1998; or email Deadline: 2 p.m. Friday.