Patterson parade Sunday; other events on tap

Christmas activities in St. Mary Parish will continue this weekend, highlighted by the City of Patterson’s Christmas parade Sunday at 2 p.m.

The parade, sponsored by the Patterson Knights of Columbus, will begin at Place Norman Shopping Center and run down La. 182 to Patterson High School.

The parade’s grand marshal is Hugh C. Brown Jr. and parade lieutenant is Landon Lightfoot.

Brown, an Asheville, N.C., native, graduated from the University of the South in Sewanee, Tenn., in 1952 with a forestry major.

Gen. L. Kemper Williams, who graduated from the same school in 1908 and was the chairman of the Board of Regents of the University of the South, hired Brown to come to Patterson and work for Williams Inc. Land Co. to manage their 86,000 acres of land.

“I came down here, got my feet stuck in the mud in the swamps and fell in love,” Brown said.

He worked for Williams Inc. for the next 44 years until he retired in 1996. Brown was married for 50 years to the late Nell Egle from Morgan City, and together they raised four children in Patterson.

His service to community includes:

—One of the original founders of the Cypress Sawmill Museum in Patterson. He currently serves as a board member of the Wedell-Williams Aviation and Cypress Sawmill Foundation.

—Served as scoutmaster for Boy Scouts of America, Troop 41 in Patterson, 1953-1964.

—Member of the Patterson Rotary Club, 1964-1988.

—Member of the Patterson United Methodist Church since 1953.

—Member of the Louisiana Forestry Association.

—Member of the Louisiana Landowners Association.

Brown has a passion for nature, especially the cypress tree. He planted numerous cypress trees around town and donated the Red Cypress Road sign, which is made from hand-picked cypress. In fact, he drives around town with “CYPRESS” on his license plate and knows a world of history about the surrounding land and the Atchafalaya River.

Lightfoot is the son of Pearly Lightfoot and is a 2009 Patterson High School graduate.

He currently is a student at Iowa Central Community College and a member of the Iowa Central Tritons football team in Fort Dodge, Iowa.

Lightfoot is a recent recipient of the Honorable Mention All-Conference, 1st Team All Region and Team Captain awards at Iowa Central.

Following the parade, a Christmas community festival will be held at the Patterson High School football stadium from 3-5 p.m., featuring games, pictures with Santa Claus, food and other items.

Admission to the event — sponsored by Helping Hands, a PHS community service club — and Word Life Youth Department, is free.

In the event of inclement weather, the event will be moved inside the school.

Across the parish in Franklin, movies will be shown at the Teche Theater in Franklin on Saturday and Sunday.

On Saturday, “White Christmas” with Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye, the classic Christmas movie, will be shown free of charge at 7:30 p.m.

On Sunday, “Scrooge,” the original musical starring Albert Finney, will be shown free at 2 p.m.

For more information on both, call 337-828-2787 or email

On Sunday morning, the Christmas Cantata, presented by Pharr Chapel United Methodist Church, 517 Federal Ave., will be held at 10 a.m.

For more information, call 384-7984.

Another event that already is ongoing is the Idlewild Christmas Lighting Display at Kemper Williams Park near Patterson, which began Sunday and will continue every night from 6-9 p.m. (weather permitting) until Jan. 1.

It features a driving tour along a path filled with elaborate displays of Christmas lights accompanied by Christmas music.

The cost to drive through the park and look at the lights is $2 per car and $10 per bus.

For more information, call


Also in Patterson, the fourth annual display of animated Christmas lights, synchronized to music, will be held at the home of Dion Dudoussat (305 Railroad Ave.)

The more than 35,000 lights are synchronized to music, which is being broadcast on 106.9 FM, which can be picked up at a 200-foot radius of the house.

Dudoussat also is collecting non-perishable food items to be donated to the St. Mary Outreach food bank.

The show runs daily from dusk until 10 p.m. through Jan. 1, weather permitting.

Santa and Mrs. Claus will be onsite at certain times with free hot cocoa and goodies for children, as well as “Faux Sneaux!,” a falling snow effect from snow machines.

For a schedule of events, including when Santa will be visiting, and nights of Faux Sneaux, check the calendar of events at

A map, as well as videos from previous years and show information, also is available.

Across the parish in Franklin, there are multiple events ongoing, too. The Victorian Christmas is ongoing through Dec. 31 at Grevemberg House (407 Sterling Road) from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.

The display features a Victorian Christmas tree, seasonal greenery, fruits and food of the 1850s.

The display is closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

Admission is $10 per person and $8 for seniors.

For more information, call 337-828-2092.

“Christmas at Oaklawn Manor” is ongoing through Jan. 9 at Oaklawn Manor, the plantation home of Louisiana’s former governor Mike Foster.

The home, on Irish Bend Road, will be elaborately adorned for Christmas with a different style tree in every room.

Tours of the displays will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. It is closed on Mondays.

Admission is $15 per person and $10 for students.

For more information, call 337-828-0434.

St. Mary Now & Franklin Banner-Tribune

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P.O. Box 566, Franklin, LA 70538
Phone: 337-828-3706
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Phone: 985-384-8370
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