A  nnual fairs, festivals, and parades have been occurring in the parish for decades, one for over a century. Many take place in churchyards, on school grounds, at bridge parks, and at plantations and are eagerly anticipated by locals and visitors alike.

An early Catfish Festival brochure welcomes visitors to Des Allemands.

Mr. Alligator greets his fans at an early Alligator Festival.

The Alligator Festival fairgrounds as pictured in 1977.

St. Charles Borromeo Fiesta, 1953.

(Source: St. Charles Parish Sugar Festival Brochure, 1973)

The Norco Christmas Parade in 1974 featured a visit from Santa just as it does today.

A Red Church festival brings families out to enjoy carnival rides and activities.

The Destrehan Plantation Fall Festival crowd in 2006.

The Norco Christmas Parade Fire Chief salutes the crowd in 2009.



Des Allemands Parade

The St. Charles Parish Sheriff’s Department rides in the Des Allemands parade.


The St. Charles Hospital float in the Krewe of Des Allemands Parade.




Luling Parade

The first Luling Parade in 1978 highlighted King and Queen “Papa John” and Jennie Bushalacchi.


Hahnville High School Band Director David Rosenthal has marched in every parade since the Krewe of Lul began. He retired in 2009—the year this picture was taken. (Photo courtesy of Debbie Dufresne Vial)



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