Fairs and Festivals

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Annual fairs, festivals, and parades have been occurring in the parish for decades, one for over a century. Many take place in churchyards, on school grounds, at bridge parks, and at plantations and are eagerly anticipated by locals and visitors alike.

Mr. Alligator
Mr. Alligator greets his fans at an early Alligator Festival.
Catfish Festival Brochure
An early Catfish Festival brochure welcomes visitors to Des Allemands.
The Alligator Festival fairgrounds as pictured in 1977.
St. Charles Borromeo Fiesta
St. Charles Borromeo Fiesta, 1953.
Sugar Festival
Source: St. Charles Parish Sugar Festival Brochure, 1973
Red Church Festival
A Red Church festival brings families out to enjoy carnival rides and activities.
Destrehan Plantation Fall Festival
The Destrehan Plantation Fall Festival crowd in 2006.
Norco Christmas Parade
The Norco Christmas Parade in 1974 featured a visit from Santa just as it does today.
Norco Christmas Parade
The Norco Christmas Parade Fire Chief salutes the crowd in 2009.
Des Allemands Parade
The St. Charles Parish Sheriff’s Office rides in the Des Allemands parade.
Luling Parade
The first Luling Parade in 1978 highlighted King and Queen “Papa John” and Jennie Bushalacchi.
Krewe of Des Allemands
The St. Charles Hospital float in the Krewe of Des Allemands Parade.
Krewe of Lul
Hahnville High School Band Director David Rosenthal has marched in every parade since the Krewe of Lul began. He retired in 2009—the year this picture was taken. (Photo courtesy of Debbie Dufresne Vial)

This text is copyright © material by Marilyn Richoux, Joan Becnel and Suzanne Friloux, from St. Charles Parish, Louisiana: A Pictorial History, 2010.

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Further Reading

The St. Charles Parish Sugar Queen Pageant
By Edith Vicknair
River Parish Focus Magazine
Vol. 1 No. 4
September 1978

It’s Catfish Time in Des Allemands
By Henry E. Yoes III
River Parish Focus Magazine
Vol. 1 No. 2
July 1978

Togetherness – The Bergerons
By Edith Vicknair
River Parish Focus Magazine
Vol. 1 No. 4

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