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Annual Ruston Christmas parade rolls

December 17, 2015

 

Riders of the Rolling Hills float toss stuffed toys to onlookers during the parade route–Photo by Avery Bryan

Riders of the Rolling Hills float toss stuffed toys to onlookers during the parade route–Photo by Avery Bryan

 

RAHEEM PROCTOR

Staff Reporter | rjp020@latech.edu

 

On the tenth day of Christmas, the city of Ruston gave to the community a Christmas parade.

 

The parade started from Joe Aillet Stadium parking lot down through West Alabama Avenue.

 

Whether a student was sitting on a car showcasing as “Ms. Christmas Parade” or riding for the Ruston High School volleyball team district champions, floats were memorable.

 

Stanley Whyte Jr. compared multiple floats before choosing which one he liked the best.

 

“There were a lot of nice looking floats, one float made it seem as if it were actually snowing, others were your traditional holiday floats,” Whyte, a freshman electrical engineering major, said. “Floats are always the main attraction in any parade.”

 

“If I had to pick a favorite, I would say the brightly lit float that had Santa Claus and a huge Frosty the Snowman on it,” Whyte said.

 

Many families were out with their children. Some came out to see their friends on floats, but not everyone was there initially to witness the parade.

 

“Me and a friend were on our way to Lambright and had no idea that there was a Christmas parade going on until we made it halfway down the street,” said Cameron Jolivette, a sophomore electrical engineering major.

 

“The roads were blocked off for the parade, so my friend and I were not the only ones waiting to pass through,” Jolivette said. “We took advantage though and even caught some candy before running across the street to get to Lambright.”

 

The city-wide parade had its fair share of Louisiana Tech students involved in the event.

 

Not only was the Band of Pride marching down the street, but other students had the chance to ride on floats.

 

Lauren Manyweather, had the opportunity to participate in the parade by riding on her aunt’s float. The float was run by, Cissy’s Touch, a local hair salon.

 

“It was a really great experience to give the children candy,” said Manyweather, a junior Kinesiology major. “The atmosphere was perfect and the parade was awesome.”

 

Whether riding on a float or beinga bystander waiting to receive candy, it was definitely Christmas time in the city.

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