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Large Celebrations Slated For Louisiana Bicentennial

Posted on Tuesday, June 26, 2018 at 3:30 pm

By Kyle Boaz
lpjed@lcs.net

After a weekend of festivities, the final three days of the bicentennial will lead up to a fireworks show on the riverfront on the Fourth of July.
Monday, July 2, will be a day dedicated to the city’s businesses and civic organizations.
Town wide open houses at various businesses around town will take place all day Monday along with old-fashioned sidewalk sales.
Tuesday, July 3, will be dedicated to the kids of the city with kids day activities in the afternoon.
A decorated bicycle parade will begin at 3 p.m. with the meeting spot in the First Baptist Church parking lot.
The bike parade will follow a route from the corner of Seventh and South Carolina Streets to the corner of Third and North Carolina Streets, where the Bicentennial Kids Park is located.
The kids park will have a box town, games, crafts, a slip’n slide, snow cones, M & Ms kids and sidewalk chalk art.
The kids corner will be open from 3-6 p.m.
The five-day celebration will wrap up on Wednesday, July 4, and will start the day off right with a veteran’s breakfast at the Elk’s Lodge from 7 – 10 a.m.
The dedication for the John B. Henderson bust will begin at 1 p.m. in Riverview Park.
Angela de Silva will give a performance of the life of Lila, a Missouri slave along with guest speakers State Representative Jim Hansen, Louisiana Mayor Marvin Brown and bust artist John Stoeckley.
Following the dedication, a motorcycle parade will lead the way to the closing ceremonies on the riverfront from Louisiana High School.
Lineup for the parade will be at 2 p.m.
A boat “Fly By” on the river at 3:30 p.m. will follow the parade.
A flag disposal ceremony sponsored by the Daughters of the American Revolution will be held at 4:30 p.m. at the riverfront with veterans being recognized beforehand.
The winner of the Battle of the Bands will be announced at 5 p.m. at the riverfront.
The last event of the bicentennial celebration will be fireworks after dusk sponsored by the Louisiana Chamber of Commerce and a lighted boat parade to follow.

Weekend kickoff
The full schedule of the Louisiana bicentennial is listed in this issue on page 10.
Some of the bigger events this coming weekend include:
historical reenactments
battle of the bands
John B. Henderson bust unveiling
cricket demonstrations
beard contest
Little Mr. and Ms. Bicentennial
Photos Through Time exhibit
chainsaw sculpting

A submitted photo of the historic Georgia Street taken at the corner of Third Street during the earlier days of Louisiana. Also pictured is the City of Louisiana’s Bicentennial logo, which includes the theme of “The Past Looking Forward.”