Vets Parade and Festival of Festivals kick off Thursday

Wade McIntyre
Boogie piano player and singer Marcia Ball plays at 10 p.m. Thursday night.

New concept, old story.

Head to the Festival of Festivals at Lamar-Dixon Expo Center in Gonzales this Nov. 11-14 and see something new in Louisiana - festivals from around the state, more than 25 of them on one big site - offering a first-hand look at what made them famous. Or maybe you’ll want to go just kick up your heels and have a good time.

During the 4-day fest, there will be plenty of opportunity for both.

Chris LeBlanc and Marcia Ball provide the musical backdrop Thursday night, after The Baton Rouge Concert Band warms everyone up with patriotic music following the big Veterans Day Parade in Gonzales.

Of course, there will much more music over the four days. Look for a schedule Friday in The Weekly Citizen.

There’s an added bonus to the festivities Thursday:  The entertainment at Lamar-Dixon is all free.

And it follows another free event, a Veteran’s Day Parade with floats and a military jet flyover.  The parade kicks off at 4:15 p.m. Thursday at the Civic Center on Irma Boulevard.

Admission after Thursday will be $10 for adults and children over 10 years of age, and $5 for children three to nine years old. Parking is five bucks.

Some of the festivals on hand include the Creole Festival, the Sicilian Heritage Festival, the Amite Crawfish Festival, the Strawberry Festival, the Sugar Festival and many, many more.

Among the other fun events will be a Jambalaya cooking contest sponsored by the Jambalaya Festival Association, and a political shrimp-peeling contest. Bring you camera and record the politicians who can clean the most shrimp while keeping their hands the cleanest.

The Festival and Festivals and the Veteran’s Parade are being put on by Ascension Parish government.

Chris LeBlanc Band