The city of Morganza and the Pointe Coupee Parish Office of Tourism commemorated the 50th anniversary of the release of the movie 'Easy Rider,' Saturday, Sept. 28, 2019, with proceeds going toward an effort to revitalize the town.

 The event included motorcycle rides visiting filming locations, a collectors' displays of memorabilia and photos from the movie, food, music and appearances from some of the residents who appeared in the film. Veterans were also honored at the event, and a festival king and queen, René Thibodeaux, Jr., and Michelle Bennett, were also crowned.

   Shot in various parts of Morganza and areas of the parish, cult classic starred Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper and a young Jack Nicholson as a band of freewheeling bikers en route to New Orleans after completing a drug deal in Southern California.   A stop at the Melancon’s Café in Morganza foreshadowed their grim fate.

    Many of the townspeople who played roles in the movie said that despite initial unhappiness over the way the town was portrayed in the film, the experience was unforgettable.