Twenty-two marching bands from Louisiana and Mississippi are set to compete in the sixth annual Dutchtown Invitational Marching Festival on Saturday at Griffin Stadium.

The event, one of the largest marching festivals in the state, is sponsored by the Dutchtown Sound Band Boosters, according to a news release from festival organizers. The Louisiana College and Dutchtown Sound bands will be featured in exhibition performances.

Gates open at 9:30 a.m. and the first performance is at 11 a.m.

Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for students and free for anyone 5 and younger or 65 and older. For information, email Margaret Schlaudecker at

Falconaires to perform

The Falconaires, a jazz ensemble of the U.S. Air Force Academy Band, is set to perform a free concert at 6 p.m. Tuesday in Jambalaya Park.

The band will play a series of classic jazz songs and a selection of patriotic numbers.

COA Halloween Party set

Area seniors are invited to wear their best Halloween costumes at the Ascension Council on Aging Halloween Party on Oct. 21.

The party, at 9:30 a.m. at the Gonzales Senior Center, is open to parish seniors ages 60 and older.

Prizes will be awarded for the funniest, prettiest, scariest and most original costumes. Food, door prizes and music are all on tap. Musician Cliff Nickens will perform.

Lunch will be served. To reserve a seat and lunch, call the Council on Aging before 1 p.m. Monday at (225) 621-5750 in Gonzales and (225) 473-3789 in Donaldsonville.

Poster contest planned

Oct. 21 is the deadline to submit an entry in the Veterans Day poster contest.

The contest, sponsored by the Ascension Republican Women, is open to Ascension Parish middle and high school students.

The posters should honor the men and women who have served in the U.S. military, according to a news release from the ARW.

Posters can refer to past or present wars or military actions such as World War I, World War II, the Vietnam War, Iraq and Afghanistan. Posters may depict service members or symbols of their service such as the uniforms of the services, the flag or medals awarded for meritorious service or bravery.

Entries can be sent to Diane Cosenza in care of Red Loup, Ascension Parish Government, 208 E. Railroad St., Gonzales.

Donelon to speak

Commissioner of Insurance Jim Donelon will be the featured speaker at the Ascension GOP Roundtable at noon Thursday at Kamal’s Kafe, 13091 Airline Highway, Gonzales.

Sponsored by Ascension Republican Women, the luncheon costs $13.

The roundtable is open to area residents. Reservations are requested and can be made by calling (225) 644-5728 or emailing or

Republican candidates for statewide and local offices are invited to the meeting.

All candidates are asked to make a reservation.