Calling all Patriotic Participants!
Red, White, Blue and You 4th of July Festival
LAKE CHARLES, La.—The City of Lake Charles is making plans for the 18th annual Red White Blue & You Celebration on Sunday July 4th. The day kicks off at 4:30pm with the dedication of the newly installed Vietnam-era Huey Helicopter at the Veterans Memorial Park.
The street parade will roll at 6 p.m. from Mill Street, south on Ryan Street, ending at Sallier Street. The National Guard Family Readiness Group will serve as grand marshals. This group is comprised of family members of deployed soldiers serving in Iraq. The Family Readiness Group assists commanders in maintaining readiness of soldiers, families, and communities within the Army by promoting self-sufficiency, resiliency, and stability. Anyone who would like to parade their love of country is invited to decorate their floats, trucks and cars with red, white and blue decorations. Parade information and registration forms are available at 337-491-9159 or www.cityoflakecharles.com.
The celebration continues at the Lake Charles Civic Center Arcade Pavilion with concessions and a patriotic program. The program begins at 7 p.m. with the sounds of the Westlake High School Jazz Band under the direction of Jay Ecker. Conductor Leo Murray and the Lake Charles Community Band will also take the stage featuring a sing-a-long and a salute to the U.S. Armed Forces. Audience members are encouraged to bring their blankets or lawn chairs and wave their complimentary flags. Festival t-shirts will be on sale for $7. If inclement weather prevails, the program will be moved to the Civic Center Coliseum.
The fireworks extravaganza will begin at 9:15 p.m. Tune into Gator 99.5 FM for the soundtrack simulcast. The fireworks will be shot from a barge over the lake affording a great vantage point for the entire audience. Due to the lakefront development process, areas along the seawall are currently fenced off. However, much of the surrounding area will be designated for spectators. The seawall will be inaccessible to boaters who plan to transfer passengers. Please observe the construction fencing and signage and use caution near these areas.
As part of the home-spun celebration, bakers are invited to participate in the Blue Ribbon Apple Pie Contest. The Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana Convention & Visitors Bureau will be accepting the pie entries Saturday, July 3 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at 1205 N. Lakeshore Drive. Winners will be announced with cash prizes and ribbons awarded on stage during the patriotic program on Sunday, July 4. For more information on entering the pie contest, call 337-436-9588 or www.visitlakecharles.org.
The Red White Blue & You celebration is preceded by the Southwest Louisiana Patriot's Ball presented by the Mayor's Armed Forces Commission on Saturday, June 26, 6 p.m. in the Buccaneer Room of the Lake Charles Civic Center. For ticket information contact the American Patriot store, 3026 Ryan Street, at 337-433-4083, or www.lcpatriot.com.