On February 18th the L'Anse Grise Children's Mardi Gras assembled at the home of Dowell and Pinky Lafleur and were ready to take off at 9:15 a.m. The procession traveled first to the home of Elbay and Virgine Fontenot, then to the home of Darrel and Theresa Guillory. The children enjoyed a chicken run and did a little dancing for treats. The caravan of four trailers and three vehicles, escorted by two motorcycled Sheriff's deputies, then proceeded east to Heritage Road and traveled on through the Vidrine community, heading west and turned in on Veillon Road, then Kajun Lane and Emerald Rd. We stopped at few residents to perform, including Mark and Davlon Guillory, Dorothy Tate Fontenot, Roland and Rosabell Guillory and Larry and Betty Hollier. The next stop was at the home of Cline and Florella Fontenot, where dancing and chicken chases were performed. We then proceeded to Reddell and made a few stops for chicken chases and dancing and heading back to L'Anse Grise for a last stop at the home of Leroy and Irene Fontenot for more dancing and chicken chasing.
We wish to thank all of whom we visited for receiving us and for their generosity with treats for the children and also Mark and Davlon giving us a chicken to chase and keep. We are also very grateful to Sheriff's Deputies John Deshotel and Buren Jagneaux for their motorcycled escort throughout the run. Our only regret is that we ran out of time before visiting all of the homes that we had planned to.
After returning to L'Anse Grise at about 12:00 we went the home of Dowell and Pinky Lafleur and enjoyed live music and gumbo. Thanks also to Roland Guillory (rhythm guitar), Edmond Thibodeau (accordion), and the Janice brothers (bass and drums) for providing music for the yard party. Thanks also to Cory McCauley for playing a few selections on the accordion for us - it was a pleasure playing Cory. And lets not forget son Bryan's brave debut on the bandstand and doing an outstanding job - made Pop bust a couple of chest buttons his shirt. I only wish that we had gotten Bobby Michot to come up and play a few tunes, but things were moving a little fast and my mind was lagging behind the action.
Many thanks to our Capitaine, Donald Fuselier, and wife Patty, for do an excellent job of leading our group through the neighborhood and obtaining permission for us visit.
I'm already looking forward to planning next year's run. Hopefully we can iron out the very few wrinkles in this year's planning.
Pictures of the 2007 Children's Mardi Run can be viewed by the home page and clicking on that link in the left column, under "Pictures," on the link below.
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