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Mardi Gras Ball Tickets On Sale

Posted by on January 15th, 2013
Category Natchitoches.NET News
The Krewe of Dionysos Mardi Gras on ‘da Bayou ball tickets are now open to the public! Get yours TODAY while seating is still available. You will not want to miss this Grand Event held on Saturday, January 26 at the Natchitoches Events Center in Natchitoches, La. Entertainment will be provided by Johnny Earthquake and the Moondogs, until midnight.  Doors open at 6:30 p.m.; tableau begins at 7:30 p.m.  Along with an evening of entertainment, folks will be treated to heavy hors d'oeuvre buffet and a light breakfast, but bring your own beverage.  Admission price: Members $45; non-members $75.  Tickets will NOT be sold at the door.  For more information, contact Pam Walker at 357-0998 or pj.walker@hotmail.com. 
The Krewe of Dionysos Mardi Gras Parade will be on Saturday, February 9th at 5:30 p.m.  The parade will start at River South Common parking lot near Stage Dept. Store off Hwy. 1,  travel up Hwy 1, turn left on Keyser Ave., cross Keyser Ave. bridge, turn right onto Jefferson and roll down Jefferson through Front Street, turn left onto Texas St., turn left on Second St., up to Church Street, make a left at Church Street and ends at Church Street bridge in downtown Natchitoches.

Recycle Old Mardi Gras Beads

Posted by on January 11th, 2013
Category Explore, Experience, and Enjoy Natchitoches Parish!, Natchitoches Convention and Visitor's Bureau, Natchitoches.NET News, Press Releases

NATCHITOCHES, LA-  The Cane River Creole National Historical Park is in need of old Mardi Gras beads.  In an effort to "Go Green" and recycle, Nathan Hatfield, the Chief of Interpretation, is asking folks to consider donating Mardi Gras beads from past parades to Oakland Plantation.

 The beads will be used to decorate the entrance pavilion at the plantation during the Mardi Gras season.

 Hatfield said, "Rather than throw away that stash of unwanted beads taking up room in your garage or closet, please donate them to the park." Recycled Mardi Gras beads can be dropped off at 400 Rapides Drive in Natchitoches, or at Oakland Plantation located at 4386 Hwy. 292 Bermuda.  Hatfield said his office can pick up the donations within the Natchitoches Parish area.  (To reach Oakland Plantation, take I-29 to Exit 127, Flora/Cypress.  Head east on LA Hwy. 120 toward Cypress.  Cross over LA Hwy 1 onto LA Hwy. 494.  The parking lot and entrance pavilion for Oakland is 4.5 miles east of Hwy. 1 on the left.) For more information on how to contribute to Oakland Plantation's Mardi Gras bead recycling program, call Nathan Hatfield at 318-356-8441. Cane River Creole National Historical Park preserves over 62 acre of cultural landscape, 65 historic structures, an estimated 300,000 artifacts, a well a many other unique resources.

Preserving Louisiana French in Natchitoches

Posted by on January 9th, 2013
Category Explore, Experience, and Enjoy Natchitoches Parish!, Natchitoches Convention and Visitor's Bureau, Natchitoches In the Press, Press Releases
THIS WEEKEND cultural heritage enthusiasts will gather for the Natchitoches French Table meeting to discuss topics related to the Louisiana French language. The group's purpose is to ensure preservation of the Louisiana French language which is made up of collective dialects spoken in Cajun, Creole and American Indian communities throughout the former Louisiana Purchase Territory. Dustin Fuqua, a cultural resource specialists, said while Louisiana French technically lacks qualifying criteria for threatened or endangered status and significant cultural maintenance must occur now to ensure preservation and reciprocation. Native speakers, amateurs and heritage enthusiasts of all ages and backgrounds are encouraged to attend.  The meeting is Saturday, January 12th, 2013  at 10:00 a.m. in the Overseer's House at Magnolia Plantation which is located at 5529 Highway 119 in Derry, Louisiana. The meeting is hosted by the Cane River Creole National Historical Park.  For more information call Dustin Fuqua at 318-352-0383. Several communities in Louisiana host weekly or monthly French Table meetings.  An effort is now underway to establish a French Table meeting series in Natchitoches Parish.

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