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Wednesday, April 17, 2019

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Grand Marshall appreciates community support of French Food Fest

Grand Marshall appreciates community support of French Food Fest

On behalf of my French Food Festival Queen Robey Eymard, Teen Queen Angelle Legendre and Junior Miss Savana Charbert, we want to say a big Thank You.

The first thanks goes to God for the great weather we enjoyed before, during and now after the festival. Our community is truly blessed.

As the Grand Marshal for this year’s festival it was my privilege to work and play with a lot of outstanding people. It started with a lunch at The Balcony where I was informed that I had been chosen to be the 2014 Grand Marshal and it did not stop until late Sunday evening when the festival came to a close.

I do not want to name people by name because I will forget someone. The first group that has to be recognized is the Board of Directors. This is a group of dedicated men and women that have the best interest of the Larose Civic Center at heart. They work closely with the administration to provide guidance and inspiration. The administration, along with a core group of office volunteers, does an out standing job of coordinating all events and working with all the booth chairmen. They are already thinking about next year’s festival.

The next groups of people that we want to thank are the many, many volunteers that spent countless hours working for the Larose Civic Center. Without these volunteers the French Food Festival would not be as successful as it is today. We want to give a special thanks to the Larose Senior Citizen group for their love of the center. From this group comes some of the most dedicated volunteers.

Now we come to the booth chairmen and their workers. It might be a family connection, just a group of friends, or just a group that get together for the weekend. However the booth groups are put together, it works.

The French Food Festival has the largest number of volunteers of any event that is held by the Bayou Civic Club.
Beside the people you see in the booths there are some other groups that you don’t see. The people that put the booths together, the electricians, the people that move things around, the carpenters, the plumbers, the people that pick up the trash, event coordinators, auction committee, the kitchen crew, all of the event committees and the bank crew. Many long hours are spent before and after the festival by many of these dedicated people.

A special thanks goes out to the people of lower Lafourche, the many visitors from the surrounding communities. Your support is greatly appreciated and you are the reason that the French Food Festival was such a success.
We also want to thank all of our visitors from afar. I met people from Florida, Illinois, Texas and I am sure that we had some people from other states as well.

We want to thank the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office for providing deputies. These officers provide crowd control, security and parking control.

To the school bands, ROTC, Boy Scouts, dance teams, the South Lafourche Ambulance personnel, and all the other organizations that provided entertainment or service, we give you a great big thank you.

If I have forgotten anyone, I am sorry. If you are one of the forgotten I hope you accept my thanks to you as well.
I want to express my gratitude to my family for their support and participation in the activities associated with my duties as Grand Marshal. A special thanks to my wife Jane for her support.

I said that I did not want to mention any names at the beginning of this article, but would be remiss if I did not acknowledge Jasmine Ayo and Randi Lowe as the thread that keeps all the workings of Bayou Civic Club together.

Ted Savoie
Grand Marshall XXXVII