Christmas Parade GRAND MARSHAL
Louisiana Lt. Governor
2016 Grand Marshal
Alexanrdia Christmas Parade
Billy Nungesser started his company, General Marine Leasing
Company, in 1991 with a $7,500 loan and grew it into a
$20 million dollar company. Nungesser was also a founding
member of the Plaquemines Association of Business and
Industry, and in 2002, Louisiana Life Magazine named him
one of the states Top CEOs.
In 2005, Nungesser and his wife Cher rode
out Hurricane Katrina at their ranch in southern Plaquemines
Parish. In response to his own frustration over the
slow response from government following Hurricane Katrina,
Billy decided to run for Plaquemines Parish President
in 2006. He focused on developing a master plan to restore
Louisianas ravaged coastline and wetlands as a way
to protect communities from storm surges. He was re-elected
in 2010 with over 70% of the vote.
On April 20, 2010, Plaquemines Parish became
Ground Zero for the nations biggest environmental
disaster. In the wake of BPs Deepwater Horizon
oil rig explosion in the Gulf, Billy Nungesser became
the voice of Louisianas frustration. National news
organizations labeled him the hardest working man
After the oil disaster, he wanted to make
a difference for all of Louisiana and on November 21,
2015, Nungesser was elected Louisianas Lt. Governor.
He is now second in command in the executive branch and
Louisianas ambassador as Commissioner of the Department
of Culture, Recreation and Tourism.