Mr. Henry J. Lafont, Jr., a native of Golden Meadow and current resident of Larose, has been chosen as the Grand Marshal of the 43rd Annual French Food Festival of Larose, this upcoming October.
Lafont was born in 1954 to Henry Sr. and Norma Lafont, also of Golden Meadow. He has one sister Mrs. Deanna Lafont Duet.
In 1981 Henry and Kim Corales Lafont of Metairie were married. They have one daughter Renee Catherine Lafont who is following in her civic minded parents footsteps and currently serves as the Executive Director of the Lafourche Education Foundation.
They are also doting grandparents to one grandson, Pierce Comeaux. He and his mother are residents of Thibodaux.
Grand Marshal Lafont is a proud 1972 Tarpon graduate of South Lafourche High School and a 1976 Colonel graduate of Nicholls State University with a B.A. in History.
He is also a graduate from Louisiana State University Law Center with a Juris Doctorate in Law in 1979.
Lafont, a practicing attorney, credits much of his professional and personal success to both his wife, Kim, and his Administrative Assistant for the past 27 years, Mrs. Dawn Eymard.
Lafont has been and currently is a member of several professional organizations and is and has also been involved in several civic organizations.
He was honored by the Golden Meadow Lions Club as Lion of the Year (1982-83), Who’s Who Among Young Americans (1992), Who’s Who in Executives and Professionals (1997-98), American Cancer Society, Lafourche Parish Unit -Volunteer of the Year (1999), and Nicholls State University, College of Arts and Sciences Outstanding Alumnus (2014).
Recently a small group of festival committee members visited Henry at his office and upon entering, his first sentence was: “What can I help ya’ll with … anything!”
When told he had been nominated to be this year’s Grand Marshal, his initial response was, “Why me?”
If you ever get the chance to visit with Mr. Henry, you immediately get the sense of pride he has for Lafourche Parish, his community and his family, and is incredibly humble about all that he has worked hard to accomplish.
By reading over the list of all he has volunteered for you cannot find a more civic minded gentleman who cares more about the youth in our community and numerous charities he and Kim support.
Grand Marshal Lafont has been a longtime supporter of the park and civic center including being a frequent festival auction bidder, a yearly guest of the Wild Game Supper, an avid supporter of the Park’s long term Endowment Fund, a past festival bank volunteer and a fan of the French Food Festival ROCKS concert series.
Grand Marshal XXXIX, Mr. Henry Lafont, Jr., invites all of his friends, family members and local communities to come out to the 43rd Annual French Food Festival on October 28-30 in Larose to come and make the ‘veille’ (visit).
When there, be sure to try out some of his festival favorites including the smoked sausage BBQ po-boys, hot dogs and homemade chili, and the ever-popular Uzee family seafood gumbo!
You’ll find him and Kim under the Park Pavilion dancing to everything from Swamp Pop to Rock and Roll all while scoping out prized items from the live auction he loves!
For more information on the French Food Festival call 985-693-7355, follow on Facebook at Larose Regional Park and Civic Center, or sign up online at www.bayoucivicclub.org.
Posted on Tue, September 27, 2016
by The Lafourche Gazette