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The Holiday season has officially kicked off this post-Thanksgiving weekend with several festivities that took place around the parish including holiday-themed local markets and two lighting events.

Saturday evening the Courthouse Square unveiled the Nativity scene for its 70th year, featuring local vendors and a photo opportunity with jolly Saint Nick!

The town of Grand Coteau also hosted its 20th annual Grand Noel, an evening shopping event in the historic district with music, photos with Santa and local sales for shop small Saturday.

In the town of Port Barre, community leaders kicked off the season with an Annual Lighting of the Bridge event. This is the 5th year the town has illuminated the bridge which crosses Bayou Courtableau, growing each year as the community organizers add to the event. Games, activities, and music were provided in the RV park just past Bourque’s Supermarket on the banks of Bayou Teche and Courtableau for local families to enjoy along with a photo session with Santa and Mrs. Claus.

A letter station was provided where kids could write their letters to Santa Claus and placed in the North Pole Express mailbox in hopes of having their lists checked off.

This year the event also included a local market consisting of over 15 vendors selling hand-crafted goods, custom-made gifts, and more. Visitors were also treated to complimentary hot cocoa, candy canes and popcorn. The Lighting of the Bridge, which is organized by Dale Wyble and community leaders, opened with an introduction of the committee and organizers, the pledge of allegiance led by 4-H members from Port Barre Elementary and the National Anthem sung by Gavin Jennings. Mrs. Theresa Lastrapes also offered her vocal gift to the crowd as she sung holiday hymns.

With the assistance of local law enforcement and the fire department, the Courtableau bridge was illuminated at dusk and a fireworks show immediately followed. Members of the community, local businesses and families watched in awe as the sky lit up and the glow of Christmas lights were reflected on the water.

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  • Courtney Jennings

    Courtney Jennings is a contributing writer with St. Landry Now since 2023 covering local events throughout the parish. She also runs the local publication MacaroniKID Acadia-St. Landry, an online publication and weekly e-newsletter on family friendly activities, local events, and community resources for parents.

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