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Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana Co-Hosts Christmas Parade Today

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If you're in or near Elton, Louisiana, today's the day to enjoy the 2011 Elton Christmas Parade, which takes place in downtown Elton beginning at 10 a.m and is being co-hosted by the Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana. It's worth traveling a bit to enjoy this splendid day.

“We are tremendously excited that the Coushatta Tribe is serving as official co-host of this year’s Christmas Parade. They’re an integral part of our community and by taking such an active role, they will help make this already wonderful family event even more special,” said Elton Mayor Kathy Hollingsworth in the tribe's press release.

The Christmas Parade coincides with the popular Coushatta Farmers’ Market, which opens at 7:30 a.m. There will be lots of fresh produce, food, arts and music, an appearance by Santa Claus, and a variety of floats from area organizations. There's also a nice musical component in the form of school bands from around the region, including Elton High School, Kinder High School, Basile High School, and Opelousas High School, and, a special performance by Baton Rouge Pipes and Drums, a Baton Rouge-based Scottish bagpipe and drum band.

“We’re proud and excited to serve as co-hosts of this year’s Christmas Parade in Elton,” said Coushatta Tribe Chairman Kevin Sickey. “Having the parade in conjunction with the Coushatta Farmers’ Market will make for an amazing day in Elton and the perfect way to kick off the holiday season.”

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The City of Elton Grand Marshall will be Verion Ortego. The Coushatta Tribe will have two Grand Marshalls, the past and present Coushatta Tribal Princesses.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information on the Elton Christmas Parade, contact either Shirley Johnson of the City of Elton at 337-884-2312 or, or Shana Harmon of the Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana at 337-584-1435 or