White Castle Mayor Gerald Jermarr Williams has launched an art contest giving area youth the opportunity to design a logo for the Downtown Festival in White Castle taking place Aug. 20.

The logo design should focus on White Castle’s uniqueness and cultural diversity. The competition will give youth the chance to help shape the visual identity of White Castle’s downtown area.

The design should be recognizable, distinct and mimic the town’s landscape.

Williams announced in a recent news release that the Town Council soon will adopt a resolution naming the area The White Castle Downtown District.

First-, second- and third-place honors will be awarded. Categories for participation are 6-9 years old, 10-13 and 14-18.

Registration forms are available at the Mayor’s Office. The deadline for submissions is June 30.

July 4 (and 3) in New Roads

New Roads Mayor Robert Myer has announced the city will host the annual Music Festival and Fourth of July Boat Parade on False River on July 3-4.

This year’s celebration also will feature the Freedom Fest Triathlons, Duathlon and Fun Run on July 3.

The family-oriented races will kick off the two days of activities at 7:30 a.m. July 3 at Morrison Parkway. To register, visit fleetfeetbatonrouge.com.

The annual Music Festival is set from 4:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. July 3 in Town Square, directly across from New Roads City Hall.

A free fireworks show is scheduled at 9:45 p.m. July 3 at Morrison Parkway.

The Fourth of July Boat Parade on False River will sail at 1 p.m. July 4. This year’s theme is “American Heroes,” and awards will be given to the best decorated boats.

For more information, call Betty Fontaine in City Hall at (225) 638-5360.

Pointe Coupee ceremony

The Pointe Coupee Parish Veterans Monument Committee will host a dedication ceremony for its new Veterans Monument at 10 a.m. Saturday.

The monument is located at 2202 False River Drive in New Roads.

The event is open and free to the public.

The monument features bricks purchased by donors and engraved with the names and service information of veterans from the parish.

Juneteenth celebration

The Williams and Lee Park Summer Fest will be celebrating Juneteenth Freedom Day on Saturday in Port Allen.

The first portion of the annual event takes place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. with a barbecue cook-off, live entertainment, recreational swimming, games and other activities for children at the park.

The celebration will move to the levee park in downtown Port Allen at 5 p.m. with Kenny Neal and the Neal Family and Friends performing. For information, contact Councilwoman Ray Helen Lawrence at (225) 344-4830.

Submit news to Terry Jones at (225) 326-6627 or tjones@theadvocate.com.