Thursday, November 14, 2013

“Santa Paws” Coming to New Orleans Christmas in the District

 Inaugural event promises lots of “Howliday” fun
New Orleans Christmas in the District, a dazzling, family-friendly seasonal event that combines Louisiana traditions with state-of-the-art technology, has announced that “Santa Paws” is coming to town on December 1, 2013.
Santa Paws NOLA is a holiday-themed pet costume contest and parade that will put your entire family in the holiday spirit while supporting the LA-SPCA’s great cause. The Holiday Season is a time to share with our families, friends, and loved ones, so why not include our furry four-legged friends in the celebration as well? The event will also feature activities for pets/pet owners, information on pet adoption processes, free drinks, food, and more. There will be opportunities to take professional holiday themed photos of your pets, and win great holiday themed prizes for your pets.
The contest will start at Heritage Park (across from the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center between John Churchill Chase Street & Gaienne Street) at 2:00 pm where people will be able to register, enjoy refreshments, and participate in pet friendly activities. A parade will form in front of Heritage Park at 3:00 pm when costumed pets and owners will second line down Convention Center Boulevard to Convention Center Plaza where the festivities will continue until 5:00 p.m.
Immediately following the Santa Paws event, the lights will be switched on for Christmas in the District, a holiday-themed large-scale light display on the neutral ground along Convention Center Blvd. between Julia St. and Poydras St. The display climaxes at the main entrance of the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, where a light show consisting of digitally animated lighting effects synchronized to music will entertain visitors. The display will include a unique digital Christmas tree, half a million lights that dance to music, and strobe lights that will surprise and delight visitors at just the right moments during the show. Over 70 trees will be lit with unique sparkling lights installed at the tops of many of the palm trees, creating a one-of-a-kind holiday environment.
New Orleans Christmas in the District begins Saturday, November 30, 2013, and runs nightly through January 5, 2014, and is free and open to the public. The event will complement the annual “Christmas New Orleans Style” celebration, and will continue to evolve 

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