Our 5th Annual "Second Lining for our Neighbors" Mardi Gras Block Party & Promenade benefitting the Food Bank of Central Louisiana was held on Saturday, March 2, 2019.
Schedule of Events:
2:00pm- "Yoga On the Bricks"
A complimentary neighborhood yoga class was led by Shannon Brewer of Lux Studios. Approximately 15 people attended the class outside on the historic brick streets encouraging neighborhood involvement, health, and wellness.
3:00pm- "Second Lining for our Neighbors Promenade"
The CENLA Brass Band led a crowd of over 30 including the impressive double-decker Immanuel Baptist Church Mardi Gras bus on a tour of the neighborhood, beginning at the corner of Albert and 20th streets, continuing down Albert to Palm street, then on White street down to Thornton Avenue, and back to the starting position on Albert. Along the way, participants danced and paraded to the band led in tandem with the Bolton High School cheerleaders to collect canned goods in a shiny gold shopping cart benefitting the Food Bank of Central Louisiana.
4:00pm- "Rod Baronet & The Trigger Band"
At 4:00, the band took the stage and performed new and classic hits for our family crowd that swelled to a total attendance of over 200 participants throughout the day. Food vendors were parked at the corner of 20th and Jackson streets featuring Nicci's Kitchen, The Creole Cockpit, Bobby's Southern Foods, and Kona Ice. This year, the party included a kid's zone with coloring and toys. The band played until 8:00pm for a jovial group who chatted and danced into the night.
Thanks to the care and attention of our neighbors, the GDNF was able to raise over 800 pounds of shelf-stable food and $150 in cash donations, eclipsing our highest totals from the previous four years and setting a new record for donations collected in our neighborhood. According to Linda Hutson, Director of Development & Community Relations for The Food Bank of Central Louisiana, these donations will create over 2500 meals for those most in need in our community.
Photo credit: Melinda Martinez, The Town Talk