Natchitoches held a Dedication and Unveiling Ceremony for its Rue Beauport Riverfront project Nov. 16
The community showed its support by filling the amphitheater.
Lakeview’s Air Force JROTC posted the colors and Azaria Revels sung the National Anthem. Louie Bernard was the master of ceremonies, Pastor Stanley Clemmons gave a blessing and Truman Maynard led everyone in the Pledge of Allegiance.
“This is something we will enjoy for years,” said Mayor Lee Posey.
Rodney Harrington, Jarrett Bailey, Luke Brouillette, and Steve Wells were the first musicians to play on the new stage.
The public strolled along the new promenade after the ceremony followed. The Riverfront project features an amphitheater with seating for 700+ people, a brand new stage and Santa Claus House. A plaza overlook leading to a new handicap accessible ramp also adds a much needed feature to the Riverfront.
“We’ve created not just a Christmas venue, but a wonderful, multi-use facility,” said Bernard.
Jim Rhodes, chairman of the Cane River Waterway Commission, which funded the majority of the project, said it has made Cane River a more viable and usable part of Natchitoches. There were many City employees, community members and others that had a hand in the success of this project. Designs were created by Carbo Landscape Architecture.