Posted: Dec 1, 2009 10:59 AM by City of Rayne Press Release
The City of Rayne's Cultural Director Cheryl McCarty announced this morning that, due to expected inclement weather throughout the day and into the evening, the annual Christmas Parade has been rescheduled for Tuesday, December 8, 2009 at 6:00pm.
"I'm so disappointed that Santa's arrival in Rayne will be delayed by a week, but in the interest of keeping everyone warm, dry and healthy, it's the right decision to have been made. We hope that everyone joins us next week!"
The Christmas Parade will again see beautiful floats as part of the "Main Street Magic" theme. Floats this year will feature the Mayor and city officials, city royalty, students from local schools, Miss Merry Christmas royalty and contestants, Rayne's very own Santa Frog and the big jolly man himself, Santa Claus. Leading the parade in her place of honor will be Miss Rayne Dakota Henry.
Parade lineup will be on Gossen Memorial Drive (the street leading to the CivicCenter) and those interested in participating should begin arriving after 5:00pm. Income traffic will be routed north on Section Street ,around the City Barn to the CivicCenter or the parade lineup depending on the purpose of each vehicle. Outgoing traffic will be routed in front of the Civic Center and around Armstrong School. There are no fees and registration is not necessary, but notification of intent to participate would be appreciated for press and media purposes. There will be no four-wheelers allowed in the parade with the exception of police and/or parade personnel. The parade route will follow the Boulevard and disembark at the American Legion Parking Lot, at which time, all are invited to walk a block back to the Rayne Depot Square. There will be a Mayor's Award Trophy awarded to the best decorated unit in this year's parade and the winner will be announced after the parade from the Depot Square platform.
Once at the Depot Square , Santa will be available until 8:00pm for visitation, wish list requests and photos. Children, who have written letters, will be able to deposit their letters to Santa in a specially marked Santa's mailbox.
The Christmas Parade and Main Street Magic activities have become an annual event celebrating the holidays as the streets of Rayne glitter and glow.
Anyone needing further information can contact Cheryl McCarty at 334-8347, via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or stop by The Bernard-Bertrand House located at 1023 The Boulevard in Rayne.