Country Mardi Gras comes to town; and other Around Acadiana items for Jan. 26, 2016 _lowres

Advocate staff photo by LESLIE WESTBROOK -- Billy Gunn, clockwise from top left, Richard Burgess, Lanie Cook and Marsha Sills

Sign-up continues for Lafayette MLK parade

Groups and individuals interested in participating in Lafayette’s Martin Luther King Jr. parade Sunday can still sign up.

To receive a parade application, call Lafayette Fire Chief Robert Benoit’s office at (337) 291-8703. There is no cost to participate, but pre-registration is required.

The parade starts at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Clifton Chenier Center on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and ends at the M.L. King Center.

Parade participants may not consume alcoholic beverages, and riding horses or four-wheelers are prohibited.

Retail job fair set for Thursday

A job fair seeking applicants for retail careers at four stores at the Ambassador Town Center, scheduled to open in March, will be held Thursday at the Wyndam Garden Hotel.

The fair runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. for jobs available at Costco, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Five Below and Panda Express.

Applicants are encouraged to dress professionally and to bring copies of résumés. Job openings include stockers, cashiers, supervisors and archery and firearms sales associates.

Wyndam Garden Hotel is located at 1801 W. Pinhook Road.

New Iberia farmers market

The Teche Area Farmers Market will be open Tuesday and Saturday for shoppers looking for an assortment of farm goods.

The market is open Tuesday from 2:30 p.m. to 6 p.m., and on Saturday from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m.

On sale are homegrown produce and hand-made products by farmers, artists and craftsmen, including bread, ceramics, baked goods, honeys and jellies and jams and herbs, and yard items made of cypress.

The Farmers Market is located in Bouligny Plaza at 102 W. Main St. in New Iberia. It will be open on Tuesdays and Saturdays through January.

You are what you eat

Acadiana’s Real Food Challenge starts Thursday night, the beginning of a 21-day effort to persuade Acadiana to eat food with no artificial ingredients.

The event kicks off at 6 p.m. at Tops Appliances & Cabinetry, at 5826 Johnston St.

Event organizers say the 21-day challenge will mean eating food with no artificial ingredients or preservatives.

Attendees will receive guidance and support, and each will have a chance to win a $599 WOLF Gourmet Blender.

Adult flag football teams

Adults interested in forming competitive flag football teams should start now, and be ready to sign up in early February.

The Adult Spring Flag Football season, put on by the Lafayette Parks and Recreation Department, begins in late February.

There will be an organizational meeting Feb. 3 at Girard Park, and team registration will be open Feb. 4-19.

The cost to enter is $375. Registration packets are available at the Girard Park Administration Office from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

For more information, contact the recreation department at (337) 291-8380.

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