Renovations in Crescent Park have forced Donaldsonville officials to change its annual Independence Day celebration.
Instead of celebrating the holiday on July 3 as in past years, the city’s celebration, now called Balloons & Boom, is expanding to two days and starts on Friday.
Thing kick off at 6 p.m. Friday at the South Louisiana Fairgrounds with food, a children’s village and fashion show.
Donaldsonville Downtown Development District Executive Director Lee Melancon said the event includes many of the things folks expect and a few new twists.
The Triple M Bridal Fashion Show is set to start at 6:30 p.m. in the Lemann Memorial Center, and two hot air balloons will glow at 8 p.m. on the fairgrounds. King Paka Tae Band will play starting at 8 p.m., and the event closes at 11 p.m. Friday.
The festival opens at 1 p.m. Saturday with food and the children’s village.
Damsel in Defense self-defense demonstrations are set for 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. inside the Lemann Center.
The Cafe Au Lait Band plays at 4:30 p.m., and the America Kids Band performs at 8 p.m.
Fireworks start at 9 p.m., and the festival closes at 11 p.m.
Melancon said the event is being produced by the DDD and the Donaldsonville Chamber of Commerce.
The chamber is hosting the children’s village.
“We’re all working together to bring this event to our residents,”Melancon said.
He said plans call for the festival, which “belongs to the city of Donaldsonville,” to return to Crescent Park when renovations are complete, but “we might keep some of the new touches.”