Ah, Festiva

Francophones and everyone else descended on downtown for the city’s premier annual event, Festival International de Louisiane. Hyped for days in advance, the event lived up to its reputation, and reportedly crowds of 400,000 came and went throughout the four-day lollapalooza. Weathermen anxiously scanned the skies, everyone wanted to see The Waifs and making it all possible one more time were the Rain Angels, who underwrite the endeavor. Proudly watching over it all from the hubcap-bedecked VIP tent were founding father Michael Doumit, Robert and Janice Copeland, Julie and Matt Galloway, Gerald Breaux, Gene and Phyllis Walters, and Luris Sanchez. Best of all — festival punch and the free shuttles from Cajun Field. They were godsends.

Shine On

Sponsored by UBS, UPS and Whiskey River among others, The Shining Light Foundation held its Zydeco Cajun Bash at Vermilionville to benefit Lafayette Parish K-8 school children. Appearing on behalf of academic enrichment for kiddies everywhere were zydeco greats Chubby Carrier, Leroy Thomas, Curly Taylor, Lil Buck Senegal and accordioniste extraordinaire Roddie Romero. “I think it’s a wonderful program,” said dance legend John Broussard. “We provide help for students in public schools to come out of their own environments and for those aspiring to become musicians.”

Patricia Gannon covers society for The Acadiana Advocate. She can be reached at pgannon@theadvocate.com.