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Lafitte's Christmas parade

The Krewe of Lafitte is hoping rain won't put a damper on the Christmas parade. There are 12 floats loaded with beads and stuffed animals, ready to roll. The Krewe of Lafitte participates in the parade every year, they also work year round to keep these floats in tip top shape.  They'll be disappointed if the parade gets canceled.

"Mother nature is not a friend of parades," said Nelson Pipkins, Krewe of Lafitte's Vice President.

    Only three floats are "weather-proof." The others could be seriously damaged. It also takes about two and a half hours to line up these floats. If the weather outside is frightful, the floats won't be able to leave the warehouse.

"We'd be pretty disappointed. They'll be some sad pirates," added Pipkins.

    There are more than 80 entries in the parade, including floats, high school bands and dancers. There's about 50 dancers from Labelle Performing Arts Studio planning to dance in the parade. It's a tradition for the studio, the christmas parade is their last performance of the year.

"We're gonna be crushed if we don't participate in it. It's an opportunity to celebrate with the city," said co-director Michael Wardlow.

    And there are also concerns with their float. The props onboard will be used in a performance fundraiser next year. They can't afford to have them ruined.

"Some of our sets are made of wood and some of the fabric is crushed velvet. That won't  do well in the rain," said Wardlow.

    Parade organizers will make a decision Saturday afternoon on whether or not the parade will be canceld. The last time they had to cancel because of bad weather was back in 2009.