It’s all about children this weekend when two parades take to the streets of Metairie.

First, the Cub Scouts of Pack 117 kick off their 59th annual Mardi Gras Parade at 10 a.m. Saturday, beginning and ending at St. Christopher School, 3900 Derbigny St., Metairie.

And at noon Sunday, the 35th annual Little Rascals parade rolls on the traditional Metairie route.

The Scout parade’s theme is “Pack 117’s Time Machine.” It will wind its way throughout the neighborhood streets near St. Christopher, including Johnson, Bauvais, Cypress, Roman, Civic, Manson and North Turnbull.

Reigning as King Cubby LIX is Nicholas James Womble, a fifth-grade student at Christian Brothers School. And the parade’s queen is Emily Elizabeth Lousteau, a sixth-grader at St. Christopher.

“In addition to the approximately 70 scouts from St. Christopher, we typically have between 200 and 300 additional children who participate in the parade,” said Jennifer Womble, Cub master for St. Christopher Pack 117.

“And we are expecting those participating to come from troops from St. Angela Merici, Airline Park Academy, St. Ann, St. Benilde, St. Clement of Rome, St. Edward the Confessor and St. Francis Xavier schools.”

Dukes and maids are:

  • Knight Patrol: Dukes Jackson Mullen and Johnny Signorelli.
  • Dinosaur Patrol: Duke Jack Vasterling and Maid Ava Nichels.
  • Hawk Patrol: Duke Colt Lambert and Maid Sophia Lambert.
  • Webelo 1: Duke Dominic Graff and Maid Victoria Von Dullen.
  • Bear Den 1: Duke Ethan Carleton and Maid Sadie Carleton.
  • Wolf Den 1: Duke Gino Signorelli and Maid Lily Roussell.
  • Wolf Den 2: Dukes Evan Beckman and Nathan Siebert.
  • Tiger Den 1: Duke Landon Navarro and Maid Molly Johnson.
  • Tiger Den 2: Duke Landon Heymann and Maid Bailey Naquin.

“We look forward to this event every year so that the Scouts, both boys and girls, can get together and celebrate the traditions of our city,” Womble said.

For the Little Rascals, Seth Hartman and Kristy Herkes will reign as the king and queen of the parade with the theme  “Little Rascals — Signs of the Times.”

It will take the traditional Metairie route beginning just outside Clearview Shopping Center at the corner of El Dorado Street and Houma Boulevard. The parade will proceed east down Veterans Memorial Boulevard and disband at Veterans and Martin Berhman Avenue.

It will not turn onto Severn Avenue or Bonnabel Boulevard.

Arbor Day event

Jefferson Beautification Inc. will hold its 20th annual Arbor Day celebration at 10 a.m. Feb. 1 at the Jefferson Parish Performing Arts Center, 6400 Airline Drive, Metairie.

Thirteen trees — four live oaks, two bald cypress, four pecans and three red buds — will be dedicated in honor of or in memory of area residents. They are:

  • In honor of the birth of Dillon Craig Fetzer
  • In honor of the contribution by 1st Lake Properties.
  • In memory of James Besselman, Douglas Casey (three trees), Gerard Engel, Dr. John Holland, Robert Kindler, Gordon Konrad, Vallie Lepre, Jr., Clyde St. Amant and George Sanderson.

The trees will be planted in the Oswald/Dubea Arboretum of LaSalle Park in Metairie. Jefferson Parish Councilman Paul D. Johnston, District 2, will accept the trees on behalf of the parish.

Jefferson Beautification Inc. matches funds with citizens to have memorial and honorary trees planted. A specimen tree can be planted for a donation of $200. Also, benches with engraved identification plaques can be installed in the LaSalle Park for a donation of $700.

For information call (504) 737- 7583 or go to www.jeffersonbeautification.org

75 years of marriage

Fred and Lois Stromeyer are celebrating a milestone that few couples can say they have reached in their marriage. The longtime Metairie residents will celebrate their 75th wedding anniversary Friday, Jan. 26.

Married on Jan. 26, 1943, at St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church, where they are still parishioners, Fred Stromeyer is 96 and Lois Stromeyer is 92. They have three children: Dr. F. Wayne Stromeyer, of Baton Rouge, Gary Stromeyer, of Metairie, and Judy Stromeyer Weitz, of Metairie. They also have seven grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

“My father was stationed in France while he served the country in the U.S. Army from 1943 to 1945,” Weitz said. “They knew they would not see each other for more than two years, so they got married while he was on furlough about two weeks before my mother’s 18th birthday, which is Valentine’s Day.”

She said her parents met at a birthday party.

“Dad whet to Mom’s older sister’s boyfriend’s home for a birthday party. They both then went to my Mom’s house. There, my dad played piano and both noticed each other,” she said.

Fred Stromeyer retired from State Farm at the age of 75, and both he and Lois have stayed busy by travelling, exercising and dancing.

The importance of family values was just one of the secrets to her parents’ long marriage, Weitz said.

“My parents had amazing family values and instilled those values in all of us,” she said. “They were never apart one night after the war ended until our mom was in the hospital a few years ago. And even then, we brought Dad to see her every day. They went everywhere together.

“My dad loved to joke, to make people laugh. And the two of them went dancing as often as possible. More than anything else, they preferred to spend money on vacations to build family memories.”

Eva Jacob Barkoff writes about the people and events in Jefferson Parish. She can be reached at ejbarkoff@gmail.com.