Louisiana Pirate Festival plans for 2021
LAKE CHARLES, La. (KPLC) - With the pandemic still causing a lot unknowns this year, one thing Louisiana Pirate Festival organizers do know is the festival will not happen on it’s normal dates, which is usually the last week of April.
“It’s been so long being able to tackle this COVID that we still don’t know when we’re going to be able to have a festival, said Russ Grantham, President of the Louisiana Pirate Festival. “We’re going to shoot for it as soon as we can.”
Grantham is hopeful they’ll have something planed for the festival sometime this year.
“Hopefully late summer, maybe even the fall. We don’t know,” Grantham said.
It’s been a year since Southwest Louisiana has been able to have any community gathering for a celebration.
“We were actually able to have Mardi Gras in 2020, and that was the last event that really hit the calendar for 2020 on a major scale,” said Angie Manning with the Lake Charles Convention & Visitors Bureau.
Manning said the spirit of fairs and festivals runs deep across the state.
“It’s in our DNA in Louisiana because we have great food and an amazing music scene. We have Cajun, Zydeco and everything in between, and people have really missed out on that important part of our culture,” Manning said.
As for what’s to come for the Louisiana Pirate Festival, no plans are concrete yet.
“Again, the COVID, we don’t know what’s going to happen,” Grantham said.
If the event is approved, Grantham said it would still take another two months to plan it. He also mentioned that all of the board members are only volunteers who are still dealing with the aftermath of recent events.
“Once COVID-19 Phase 3 lightens up a little bit, then maybe we can begin to start having something to plan, but we don’t want to book it until we feel real certain that the Fire Marshall is going to approve us.”
Grantham said KPLC will be among the first he notifies of any festival plans in the works. Until then he invites everyone to continue to celebrate virtually on social media.
“I think just from a mental health perspective alone and having some music, having some festivals, having that something to celebrate is really important, especially in Louisiana, because we love social gatherings. We love to celebrate. We love music. We love to dance,” Manning said.
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