Former Shriners Hospital patients are featured on the Rose Parade® float riders
and 20 queens from across the state
NEW ORLEANS – Louisiana will once again take the national stage during the holiday season, officially announcing floats and drivers at both the 96th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City and the 2023 Rose Parade® in Pasadena, California. Rose Parade® equestrianThey include a former patient at Shriners Hospital in Shreveport and 20 Louisiana queens from across the state. The Queens represent the best that Louisiana has to offer. This was announced today by Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser and the Louisiana Office of Tourism during a press conference at Mardi Gras World in New Orleans.
Own of New Orleans Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue will be celebrating Thanksgiving Day aboard the Celebration Gator on November 24, 2022 with the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Then, on January 2, 2023, the Louisiana Feed Your Soul Float presented by Louisiana Travel as part of the annual Rose Parade® will feature a Louisiana icon – the riverboat or paddle steamer – fully adorned with flowers, leaves and seeds. Country Music Association honoree, Academy of Country Music 2022 New Woman of the Year winner and Music Ambassador of Louisiana Laine Wilson will perform in the middle of the parade in front of millions of spectators at home and abroad.
“We look forward to returning to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and Rose Parade to showcase you as best we can feed your soul in Louisiana. All of our drivers are a great representation of the Louisiana celebration spirit,” said Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser. “We love a parade in Louisiana and we will open the Mardi Gras season a few days early on January 2nd when our float rolls through the streets of Pasadena.”
Five major sponsors of Louisiana feed your soul Float presented by Louisiana Travel or the Louisiana Celebration Riverboat at the 2023 Rose Parade® represents convention and visitors bureaus and tourism organizations from across the state, including the Lafayette Convention and Visitors Commission, the Natchitoches Convention & Visitors Bureau, the Shreveport-Bossier Convention and Tourist Bureau, the Tangipahoa Convention and Visitors Bureau, and Visit Baton Rouge. The Rose Parade® The theme for 2023 is “Turning the Corner”. To punctuate the theme, top sponsors will share how their area of the state has turned a curve towards a bright future.
“It is exciting to be joined by our sponsors this year and to host these 20 Louisiana Queens aboard the Louisiana Carriage,” said Lt. Governor Nungesser. “All of our efforts in the Louisiana travel and tourism industry are focused on working with our local partners to bring visitors to every corner of the state. Like I always say, if you can eat it, shoot it, catch it, or dance to it, we name a festival after it in Louisiana. This year’s riders are wonderful stewards of our festivals and culture, but also outstanding members of their community who demonstrate the welcoming and neighborly nature of Louisians.”
The Rose Parade® will air on January 2, 2023 to viewers around the world. The televised event will be broadcast on multiple networks, including live broadcasts in Armenia, the Caribbean, Latin America and the American Forces Network.
Louisiana’s Tournament of Roses Parade Float Riders 2023 contain:
- Emily Leleux – Miss Scott Boudin Festival Queen IX (first CVB sponsor)
- Emma Giddens – Miss Merry Christmas (first CVB sponsor)
- Amber DeFatta – 100th Anniversary of Shriners Hospital (first CVB sponsor)
- Kirstin Drozd – Ponchatoula Strawberry Festival Queen (first CVB sponsor)
- RoseHudson – Karnival Krewe de Louisiane (first CVB sponsor)
- Catherine Blondeiau – Plaquemines Parish Seafood Festival Queen
- worn amber –Louisiana Cotton Queen LXVIII
- Emma Carter – Queen Dixie Gem Peach LXXI
- Jadyn Devillier – Queen of the Guydan Duck Festival
- Jordan Fuqua – Louisiana Association of Fairs and Festivals Queen
- Jordan Gallegos – 87th Louisiana Shrimp & Petroleum Festival Queen
- Avery Hebert —Louisiana Queen Sugar LXXIX
- Mary Hunt – Miss Louisiana’s outstanding teenager
- Shelby Lasalle – 85th Greater New Orleans Floral Trail Queen
- Leiton Leblanc – 2022 Breaux Bridge Crawfish Queen
- Kaydee Meshell – Miss Zwolle Tamale Fiesta
- Kelsey Mire – Louisiana Pecan Festival Queen 54
- Alison Powell – 2022 Louisiana Farm Bureau Federation Queen
- Grace Reichman – Miss Louisiana America
- KT Scanell – Miss Louisiana USA
- Sadie Fencebreaker – 85th International Rice Festival Queen