Holiday Parades

Every year, the holiday season in New Orleans is filled with many highlights – and it should come as no surprise that in a city known for Mardi Gras celebrations, over-the-top festive holiday parades are part of the fun.

Children’s Hospital New Orleans Holiday Parade

Partnering with Downtown Development District and Kern Studios, the Children’s Hospital New Orleans Holiday Parade lights up the French Quarter every December.

The over 20 custom-designed, holiday-themed floats will include animatronic props, intelligent lighting systems, special effects, and audio systems, along with traditional rider floats. The parade will also include high-flying helium balloons along with marching groups and bands, and of course, Santa himself with his special holiday characters. There’s more information to come on date and location of the parade.

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Children’s Hospital New Orleans Holiday Parade – Photo credit: Hartley Wasser


Hanukkah begins on December 7, 2023. Celebrate the season with the Mobile Menorah Parade, a fun-filled, family-friendly car parade that falls during Hanukkah. This year’s location is still TBD, so check back for details.


Doesn’t matter if you’ve been naughty or nice – Krampus is coming to town. On December 2, the krewe will parade in the streets at an unknown location. You’ll get a lump of coal if you’re lucky. Follow along here for details.

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