St. Mary Parish became a parish in 1811 and two celebrations are scheduled to commemorate the anniversary.
One will be in Patterson on July 9 and one in Franklin on Oct. 14-16.
The second celebration in Franklin will include a Tour of Homes, Cemetery Tour and storytelling performance by Techeland Arts Council. This weekend will highlight the history and the people of the parish.
The first event being organized is a Birthday Bash at Kemper Williams Park on July 9 from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Music, food, kids activities, a birthday cake and fireworks will complete the day.
Flashback, an eight member band playing old school rock and roll and blues, will play from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Johnny Chauvin and the Mojo Band will play from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.. Johnny Chauvin and the Mojo Band describe themselves as Louisiana’s coolest Zydeco band. Their sound is a lot like gumbo: a mixture of R&B, rock & roll and soul cooked up with that zydeco spice that’s guaranteed to make you move your feet.
A brief ceremony will take place at 6 p.m. to highlight some of St. Mary Parish’s earliest residents and history and present the birthday cake.
Fireworks will start immediately following Johnny Chauvin’s performance.
There will be fun jumps and other kids activities during the event. Soft drinks, beer and food will be sold throughout the event. The event is free to the public.
In conjunction with the birthday celebration, St. Mary Parish will be sponsoring its second annual Spring into Wellness event from 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. This will be held in the same area as the other activities.
Activities for the Wellness Day include face painting, a coloring contest, free fruit bags, silent auction, a kids bingo, money raffles, a kids golf putting contest, a school supply basket raffle, healthy eating and physical activity promotion and other activities.
If you have questions or would like to participate in the Wellness Day or Birthday Bash, contact Tammy Doucet at 828-4100, Ext. 504 or Carrie Stansbury at (985) 395-4905.