Ville Platte Mayor Jennifer Vidrine and members of City Council hosted a cultural delegation from New Orleans on Friday in honor of a Mardi Gras celebration in July that takes place on the weekend of July 4. .
Mardi Gras in July is a three-day celebration of independence, Cajun culture and the end of restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic in Evangeline Parish.
The delegation on Friday was at the head of the delegation, Grand Chief Alfred Doucette, representing the Indians of Mardi Gras, and the doll of Mardi Gras, Denise Trepagnier. Famous New Orleans photographer and saxophonist Joseph Crachiola was also in attendance at City Hall in Ville Platte.
Doucette, Crachiola and the Babydolls will be performing all weekend. There will also be an art market, vendors and food at the Cazan Center in Mamou.
âAs more and more people get vaccinated and seek to celebrate not only the freedom of our country, but also the absence of the necessary restrictions from the COVID-19 pandemic, the Cazan Center is pleased to host this event. on the theme of Mardi Gras. While we must have missed our authentic Mardi Gras celebrations this year, we hope this event will invoke the spirit of community and celebration that brings people from across the country to Louisiana for Mardi Gras every year, âsaid Valerie. S. Cahill, CEO of the Cazan Center.
Throughout the weekend, an exhibition of an Indian Mardi Gras costume handcrafted by Chef Doucette, as well as a Mardi Gras baby doll costume designed by celebrity master costume designer Denise Trepagnier. There was also an exhibition of iconic photographs of Crachiola.