WAFB's Road Trip show makes a stop in Donaldsonville

Michael Tortorich
An overview of the crowd gathering in the 5 a.m. hour.

It was an early wake-up call, but it didn't stop the local crowd from filling Crescent Park in Donaldsonville Friday morning.

WAFB Channel 9 brought its Road Trip concept to the historic downtown park, which overlooks the Mississippi River.

Many locals and groups gathered at the park, beginning as early as 4 a.m. 

Both Ascension Catholic and Donaldsonville schools were well-represented throughout the two-hour show. City of Donaldsonville and Parish of Ascension officials, the Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office, the Mayor's Youth Advisory Council, the River Road African American Museum, the Donaldsonville Area Chamber of Commerce, Tour Ascension, and several artists and local businesses were featured live on the air. The Michael Foster Project was there throughout the morning to provide up-beat music.

"I'm excited about the turn out," Donaldsonville Mayor Leroy Sullivan Sr. said during an on-air interview. "Donaldsonville showed up strong this morning."

WAFB anchor Matt Williams echoed those sentiments

"To see everyone come out, it's got to be inspiring," Williams said.

Throughout the show, WAFB featured several stories from around the city. Ascension of Our Lord Church, the African American Museum, Chef John Folse, the Noel Family Distillery, and local schools were all presented during the show. WAFB also did a profile on artist Alvin Batiste.

D-D Breaux, the coaching legend, was introduced as "The Queen of LSU gymnastics."

"I'm proud of the community and everything they've done," Breaux said.

She recalled a few fond memories of growing up in Donaldsonville, and said she planned to make a few stops around the city following the show.

The Road Trip ended with the band playing a second line as the WAFB crew wrapped up from the park.

"Donaldsonville showed up y'all!" anchor Lauren Westbrook said as the band played out. "Thank you to everyone who showed up!"