Since 1869, Louisiana's Thibodaux firefighters have kept their parade rolling

  • Source: WVLA-TV NBC 33 Baton Rouge
  • Published: 05/05/2023 12:00 AM

Volunteers at the Thibodaux Fire Department are getting floats ready to roll for Sunday’s morning Firemen’s Fair parade, one of the longest-recorded parades in U.S. history. When you rewind and travel back in time for a peek at pictures from past parades, you’ll learn the parade has been rolling through Thibodaux since the 1800s. Our research indicates the parade started in 1860 and ran non-stop, except for two times throughout the 160-year history: World War II and the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s the parade that keeps going and going, celebrating a longstanding tradition in Thibodaux, and recognizing the hundreds of volunteers that make up the Thibodaux Fire Department. With a float from all eight companies, the real proof is in the people: the people in the parade and the ones waiting and watching, so proud to know that the biggest volunteer fire department in America has Louisiana roots.


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