Canary Islanders Heritage Society of Louisiana

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen

On Oct. 3, members of the Canary Islanders Heritage Society of Louisiana gathered at the Baton Rouge Bluebonnet Library to celebrate the 19th anniversary of its founding and the 237th anniversary of the main emigration of Canary Islanders to Louisiana. Society member Chad LeBlanc provided a presentation titled "Canary Islanders of Louisiana,” and society member Dennis Delaney brought his photo collection of Canary Islander descendants. Scott Billigton and Johnette Downing introduced the formation of a Canary Islander’s Dance troop. Pictured are Scott Billington, Johnette Downing, Chad LeBlanc, and Sharon Gauthier, who is dressed as a native of Tenerife.