Pre-July 4th party planned at Patterson

PATTERSON, La. — The city plans a block party near the Community Center for the second consecutive year on Wednesday from 5 to 10 p.m., Mayor Rodney Grogan said. The party will be on Park Street between First and Second streets.

“Last year we resurrected our block party that I remember as a child,” Grogan said of the pre-Independence Day celebration.

While there will not be any fireworks, there will be plenty of opportunity for dancing and celebrating. Don Rich, swamp pop artist from Pierre Part, is scheduled to start the entertainment with a 5 to 8 p.m. performance. He will be followed by KBZE radio’s DJ KiddKidd from 8 to 10 p.m.

Besides an opportunity to listen to live entertainment, dance and have a good time, this is an opportunity to celebrate a significant date in the country’s history, Patterson Police Chief Patrick LaSalle said. The event is hosted by the mayor, city council and his office and is a celebration of the freedom of all Americans, he said.

Councilman John Rentrop echoed LaSalle’s sentiments.

“July 4th is an important date, the date of our country’s independence, and is observed and celebrated throughout the country,” Rentrop said. “The mayor has given us another opportunity to celebrate and observe this very important date.”

“Last year’s event was nice and very well attended,” Patterson Councilman Larry Mendoza said. He said the high point of last year’s block party was the dancing.

Councilwoman Sandra Turner said that, like the mayor, she too recalled from her childhood a Main Street community celebration. She said she and the mayor “wanted to bring it back” and give the “community an opportunity to come together and have a good time.”

Turner said when Main Street became a state highway, Patterson had to discontinue its use of the highway as a setting for the block party.

Grogan said that by hosting the event on city streets, the event was given new life last year.

“It went far beyond our expectations,” Grogan said of the party last year.

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