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Henry Ballard

St. Bernard Parish government will hold a Veterans Day Parade at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 11, with the annual Veterans Recognition Ceremony to be held immediately afterward.

The parade will begin on Judge Perez Drive, at the corner of Old Hickory Avenue in Chalmette. The route will travel west, ending at the Frederick Sigur Civic Center, 8245 W. Judge Perez. The recognition ceremony will be held in front of the Veterans Monument.

Veterans from all military branches are invited to be recognized and to ride in the parade. St. Bernard will provide vehicles for elderly or disabled veterans, if needed.

Groups including the Honor Guard, Color Guard and ROTC will participate. The guest speaker will be retired Master Sgt. Henry Ballard Jr., of the Louisiana Air National Guard.

“We invite everyone to come out and line the parade route to show your parish pride and support, not only for our veterans but for veterans around the country,” Parish President Guy McInnis said.

Flags will be distributed along the route. For information, contact Maurine Liuzza at (504) 278-1507 or Lenor Duplessis at (504) 278-4331.

Bayou Road Balloon Festival

The inaugural Bayou Road Balloon Festival will be held Nov. 10-12 at Sidney D. Torres Memorial Park in Chalmette.

Festivalgoers will be able to take tethered rides, and each evening, just after sundown, the balloons will be fully inflated as pilots ignite their burners to create what is known as a Balloon Glow.

The festival is being organized by the managers of the New Orleans Home & Garden Show, who said they wanted to create something new for families and needed an area with lots of space.

The festival will feature more than a dozen hot air balloon pilots from around the country.  

Other features will include live music, food, arts and crafts, and carnival rides.  

The festival also will include Land of the GIANTS & SweetWater Brewing Co. Beer Garden, an area for adults that will include human foosball, giant Jenga and kick dart games as well as a beer garden.

The festival will be held from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Nov. 10; 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Nov. 11; and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Nov. 12. Tethered rides, $20 adults and $15 children, begin at 4 p.m. Nov. 10, and 3 p.m. the other days.

Admission is $5 for a day, $10 for a weekend pass. Advanced tickets available at: www.bayouroadballoonfestival.com/tickets. Tickets at the gate are cash only.

Scholarship fundraiser

The St. Bernard Volunteers for Family and Community Inc. is holding a raffle with a grand prize of $500 and items including a television, a Santa Claus statue valued at $800 and more to benefit its scholarship program.

The group for the past eight years has awarded $1,000 scholarships to four graduating high school seniors who live in the parish.  

Raffle tickets are $1. The prizes will be awarded at a luncheon and fashion show on Dec. 2, at The Gathering, 7265 St. Bernard Highway, Arabi. Doors open at 10:30 a.m. Lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m.; the fashion show will start at 12:30 p.m.; and the drawing will be at 1:30 p.m.

Stage will provide the attire for the fashion show. The models will be prior scholarship winners and community members.

Tickets to the event, $30, can be purchased from Arabi Food Store, 650 Friscoville Ave., Arabi; Jeanfreau’s, 2324 Paris Road, Chalmette; the St. Bernard Visitor’s Center, 409 Aycock St., Arabi; or by calling Joan Garofalo at (504) 957-8656 or Kathy Nunez (504) 913-5255. Seating is limited to 180.

Club renamed

The NARFE St. Bernard Chapter 1398 was changed to the Vernon N. Landry, St. Bernard Chapter 1398, in memory of and gratitude to Vernon N. Landry, the chapter founding member.

The next monthly meeting will be at 11 a.m. on Nov. 8   at the Palms Too Restaurant, 8001 St. Bernard Highway. Officers will be elected, and ongoing issues important to active and retired federal/postal employees and their spouses and survivors will be discussed. For information, email pamela.e.marks1953@gmail.com.

Karen Turni Bazile writes about people and events in St. Bernard Parish. She can be reached at parishlines@gmail.com.