Christmas events scheduled in Iberville

Deidre Cruse

The group We Are The Difference has a host of activities planned for its first “Cajun Christmas Festival,” set for 1-10 p.m. Saturday at the C.M. “Mike” Zito Multipurpose Center off La. 75 near Plaquemine.

Festivities will continue Sunday with a celebration on Bayou Grosse Tete, starting at 2 p.m. at the Iberville Tourist Information Center.

The Cajun festival will feature Christmas parade at 2 p.m. From 2-5 p.m., there will be Christmas caroling, dancers, a visit from Santa, visits with Willie and Junior from the television program “Swamp People,” face painting, a tug of war, a spacewalk, a fruitcake toss and more. DJ Kool Aid will host karaoke from 6-10, including a contest.

A local case will perform an original play, “A Cajun Christmas,” written and directed by Dr. Nancy Marshall, at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. at the Zito center. There is a charge for the performances –  $5 per adult and the donation of a non-perishable food item for children.

We Are The Difference also is offering pastalaya dinners, for dining in or take-out, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. for $6 each. Shannon Ourso is the chef.

Tickets for the dinner and play are available by calling Rhonda Harrell at 687-2029 or online at wearethedifference.org.

The organization says its mission is “to work with civic leaders, area businesses and benefactors to promote the local businesses and talents of our community, while assisting those in need.”

Grosse Tete festival organizer Jeannie David said the annual boat parade, scheduled for 3 p.m., will deliver Santa Claus to visit with and take photographs with children. 

A rubber duck race is set for 3 p.m., and fireworks will start at dark, probably around 5:15 p.m. Christmas lights will be on along the bayou that night, as well, David said.

There will be food and music all afternoon at the tourist center, located on Bayou Grosse Tete at I-10.

Also Sunday, the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra brass and percussion chamber players will perform at 7 p.m. at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church. Admission is $10.

There will be an open house at St. John's Rectory from 4-6 p.m. before the concert.

The Iberville Chamber of Commerce will host its annual membership appreciation holiday open house from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at its offices at 23675 Church Street, Plaquemine. Members who wish to attend are asked to RSVP by tomorrow (Friday).

Children will be able to meet Santa at two Iberville Parish Library events later this month. Santa will visit the Plaquemine Library at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, December 15, and the White Castle Library at 10:15 a.m., Thursday, December 16.

For the seventh year, Plaquemine Selectman Jimmie Randle has scheduled “A Holly Jolly Christmas Festival” on the median between W. W. Harleaux and Capt. T.T. Harris boulevards. This year's event is set to start at noon Saturday, December 18.

Randle said the landscape has been set with yuletide displays between the boulevard, thanks to generous contributors and sponsors.

Festival organizers and vendors will set up a bizarre starting at 10 a.m.

Entertainment throughout the day will include caroling, face painting, singing and dance groups, Christmas art, a spacewalk and a band performance. A Christmas play will be performed at 3 p.m.

Toys will be given away at 7 p.m., and the festivities will close with a candlelight ceremony, “Jesus...the Light of the World” as a reminder for the reason of the holiday season.

Plaquemine Garden Club will hold its annual Christmas Lighting Contest Sunday, Dec. 12.

Iberville Chamber of Commerce will co-sponsor the contest with the PGC.

The city’s private home outdoor Christmas lights/displays will be judged from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Those wanting to participate must have their lights on during that time period.

Co-chairing this year’s event are Liz Rivet and Patsy Williams.

Awards will include first, second, and third place honors along with a special award for Best Decorated Doorway. These awards will be given in recognition of creativity, originality, and overall best Christmas theme.

A committee of judges from the PGC and ICC will conduct the contest.