The city of Port Allen is gearing up for a host of patriotic campaigns in conjunction with its 10th annual Veterans on Parade, which is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Nov. 9 in downtown Port Allen.

The city is asking residents to donate supplies to the “Fill A Float” campaign; the donations will be sent as care packages to troops stationed overseas.

Blue Star Mothers of Louisiana Chapter 1 has a list of various items and supplies they’d like included in the care packages. That list can be found at or

The donations can be dropped off at the West Baton Rouge Tourist Information and Conference Center during regular hours, seven days a week, starting now. A special float will be filled for the Nov. 9 parade.

Residents can also “Fill A Float” with the names of loved ones or friends — past and present — who have served in the military by sending an email to or by calling (800) 654-9701. There is space for 300 names. If one float is filled, names will be added to a second float.

The city is also holding a “Show Your American Pride” contest, during which Port Allen residents can show their patriotism in honor of veterans by decorating their homes and offices.

The contest will consist of two categories: residences and businesses. The best in each category will be announced and awarded at a special ceremony in front of the West Baton Rouge Court House following the Veterans on Parade.

For information, contact Councilman Garry Hubble at (225) 802-6006.

Youth empowerment walk

Several Port Allen community groups and the city are sponsoring a youth empowerment walk at 10 a.m. Oct. 18. The walk will last until about noon and begin at the Port Allen Train Depot located along La. 1.

The Rev. Raymond Allen and Councilwoman Ray Helen Lawrence are serving as chairman and co-chairman, respectively.

Seeking veterans’ photos

Iberville Parish is accepting photos of veterans until Friday for the parish’s Wall of Veterans display to be unveiled at Iberville’s Salute to Veterans on Nov. 11.

Submit photos online at, at the Iberville Parish Library locations in Plaquemine, St. Gabriel and White Castle, or at the Visitor’s Center in north Iberville.

The Wall of Veterans at the Iberville Veterans Memorial in Plaquemine honors veterans and active military personnel who have a tie to the parish.

The exhibit will remain on display for a month.

Parish director recognized

Mary Delapasse, executive director of Keep West Baton Rouge Beautiful, was named the Outstanding Affiliate Director in the state during an awards ceremony Oct. 3 at the Keep Louisiana Beautiful State Conference in Baton Rouge.

Delapasse was recognized for her leadership in reducing litter, increasing recycling and educating the public on environmental issues during the last six years.

Submit news to Terry Jones by phone, (225) 326-6627; fax, (225) 344-0099; or email