Advocate staff photo by ELIOT KAMENITZ-- It was everything it was quacked up to be as the final day of Bayou Boogaloo finished up with a day of music, contests, bike parades, cooking demos and even some yoga and the capping event of the 20,000 strong Rubber Duck Derby New Orleans, La. Sunday, May 18, 2014. Each numbered duck was bought by a person for five dollars with the proceeds going to the support of the Second Harvest Food Bank. The winning duck owner got $5,000. Water hoses from the New Orleans Fire Department help move the ducks along.

Thousands of rubber ducks will float to the finish line for Second Harvest Food Bank during the Sixth Annual Rubber Duck Derby at 4 p.m. Sunday, May 31, at Big Lake in City Park.

Last year, 20,000 ducks created a sea-of-yellow competition, and it is free to come out and watch. Schools, churches and businesses have adopted ducks for the race, including $5 lucky ducks, $25 quack packs and $100 flocks of ducks.

First-place prize is $5,000, second place is a $1,000 Rouse’s gift card, and third place is two round-trip tickets on Southwest Airlines. Ten prizes will be awarded.

Proceeds from the derby help Second Harvest provide meals for families in need throughout South Louisiana. For information visit

Lighthouse open on Sundays

Extended summer hours are in effect at the New Canal Lighthouse Museum and Education Center and Gift Shop, 8001 Lakeshore Drive. Along with regular hours of 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, the museum will be open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sundays through Sept. 6.

Admission is $7.50 for adults; $5.50 for senior citizens, military personnel and students; and $3 for children 6-12. As a member of Blue Star Museums, free admission is being offered to active-duty military personnel and their families through Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 7.

The Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation education staff offers group presentations and lighthouse tours by appointment. For information call (504) 836-2238 or email

The lighthouse was rebuilt after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita severely damaged the 1890 lighthouse at the site. The current lighthouse beam was lit in September 2012, and the lighthouse reopened to the public in April 2013.

Hope Floats

In honor of National Cancer Survivor’s Day, June 7, the Ochsner Cancer Institute and the American Cancer Society is inviting cancer survivors, those fighting the disease and their guests to take part in Hope Floats from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 6, at Mardi Gras World,1380 Port of New Orleans Place on the Mississippi River.

The event is free to adult survivors with one guest and pediatric survivors with two guests. Activities will include information booths, discussions about diet and cooking, zumba and yoga exercises and entertainment. To pre-register and join the Krewe Hope, email

Lynne Jensen writes about New Orleans community events and people. Contact her at