Get ready for the Downtown Baton Rouge Christmas Parade, Dec. 14!

It's one of the most anticipated events of the season. See it roll during its 69th year on Dec. 14, 2019.

The 2019 Cortana Kiwanis Christmas Parade – Downtown Baton Rouge, LA
Saturday, December 14, 2019 at 5:30 pm

This downtown celebration has been a Christmas tradition in Baton Rouge since 1949. It’s the largest and longest running parade in Baton Rouge with acts that includes non-profit organizations, marching bands and dance teams. Plus, see the WAFB Channel 9 team there!

The battle of the bands begins at 4:00 p.m. and the floats roll out at 5:30 p.m. If you’d like to learn how to participate in the event, see more here. The parade typically sees about 80 entries.

Pets, friends, family — all are welcome to join the parade fun! It’s okay to bring ice chests, coolers and strollers, too. 

Parade Route: Begins on River Rd turning right on Convention St then left on Fourth St making a right on Laurel St and a left on Sixth St making another left on North St ending with a right on Lafayette St. 

Click here to see the route map. Or, view it below.

CORTANA KIWANIS CHRISTMAS PARADE. Photo courtesy of Cortana Kiwanis.

And if you miss the event this year, don’t worry. Your friends at WAFB will air on Channel 9.

Here’s when to catch the parade on TV: 

  • Christmas Eve – December 24, 2019 at 11:35 p.m.
  • Christmas Day – December 25, 2019 at 9:00 a.m.

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Parking & Traffic

Roads in Downtown Baton Rouge close around 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 14. So, get out to the route early. Find a good parking spot and get comfortable.

All public parking garages and street parking spots are fair game. Here is a map of parking in the area

Also, expect some cancelled public transportation stops. Due to road closures for the parade route, the CATS will not drop off at the following stops.

On Saturday, December 14, 2019, beginning at 4 pm through the end of the day, Route 44 – Florida Blvd and Route 22 – Winbourne Ave will have canceled stops due to the Kiwanis Downtown Christmas Parade.

Canceled stops include:
1793 3rd St @ Capitol Lake Dr S
1424 3rd @ Laurel
1792 3rd @ North Campus S
1425 3rd @ South of Main St
1799 3rd St @ Spanish Town N
1800 3rd St @ State Capitol Dr N
1431 3rd St @ State Capitol Dr S
1426 3rd St @ State Library
1137 4th @ North of Florida
1433 4th St @ Laurel
1795 4th St @ South of Florida
1794 4th St @ State Library
2005 Florida @ 5th W
2008 Florida @ 9th E
2007 Florida @ Post Office E
2006 Florida Blvd @ 5th St
2790 Florida Blvd @ 7th St W
1796 Government @ St James W
2687 Lafayette @ Hampton Inn
2688 Lafayette @ Indigo
2772 North @ 3rd St
1136 North @ 7th St
1434 River Rd @ Riverfront Transit Shelter
2141 St Ferdinand @ Government S
1248 St Ferdinand @ Louisiana