By Kevin Shannahan
Several thousand people came to visit the St Augustine Creole Celebration held at the historic St. Augustine Church in Isle Brevelle Oct. 12-14. The popular event is a celebration of Creole Culture and is something of a family reunion as descendants of the area’s families come home from all over the United States and abroad. The festival also transforms the St. Augustine parish hall into what is arguably the finest restaurant in the state as the hardworking cooks serve homemade meatpies, tamales, red beans and, of course, their signature gumbo.
There were games for the children in addition to music and dancing. The Calico Belles conducted tours of the historic St. Augustine Church and cemetery. The St. Augustine Creole Festival is a long standing tradition of many years and is a celebration of one of the many unique cultures that make Louisiana a special place. The Natchitoches Parish Journal is looking forward to next year!