NSU’s Creole Heritage Center hosted the 21st annual Creole Heritage Celebration this past weekend at NSU’s Campus and the Downtown Riverbank. The event started Friday morning with registration and a continental breakfast. Presentations on various aspects of Creole culture were held throughout the day. When the day was done, Zydeco band Brandon Ledet and the Creole Touch kept the fun going into the evening.
Saturday started with a 5k fun run. NSU’s ubiquitous Dr. Chris Maggio was joined by a group of runners and Creole Celebration guest of honor Robert Ri’chard in running a course that went through the historic downtown area and NSU’s picturesque campus. Food trucks and displays from The Cane River Waterway Commission, Cane River Creole National Historical Park, St. Augustine, Cane River National Heritage Area and others entertained, fed and educated visitors. At 4:00, there was a tribute to one of Louisiana’s most well-known folk artists, Clementine Hunter. The state’s first “Clementine Hunter Day” will be celebrated October 1. The day was the result of some hard work from the Creole Heritage Center and a resolution from the Louisiana Legislature sponsored by Rep Kenny Cox. The Celebration concluded with a Zydeco concert at the downtown riverbank stage.