Santa throws a fistful of candy to a crowd of parade watchers last Sunday in Hessmer. Several Christmas events started the holiday season this past week with more this week and the next. {Photo by Raymond L. Daye}

Shorts, sandals -- not snow -- greet Santa in Avoyelles' first parades this Christmas season

When one thinks of Christmas, thoughts of snow and frost and icicles usually come to mind. Not so in Avoyelles Parish.

Snow blankets the ground and the rooftops of these houses on La. Hwy 115 between Hessmer and Marksville. A rare early December snowfall resulted in a day off from school for students but also knocked out electricity to thousands of homes and businesses in the parish. {Photo by Raymond L. Daye}

Snowfall knocks out power to thousands

Avoyelles Parish residents woke to a “winter wonderland” last Friday morning, but thousands also woke up without electricity.



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