The Natchitoches downtown riverbank was packed with families celebrating the 2020 Pumpkin Glow sponsored by the Historic District Business Association (HDBA) Thursday, Oct 29. The popular family friendly event is still going strong in its 8th year and has become an integral part of the local fall scene. The stage area featured decorated pumpkins from local contestants vying for top honors. Ms. Victoria Wiggins garnered first prize, while the St. Mary’s first grade earned second place. Mr. Frank Perot won third place honors.
The fun will not stop tonight, however. Halloween is going to feature a full morning of family fun. In addition to the traditional “Witch Way to Main Street” costumed candy extravaganza, there will be the Farmers’ Market and a performance by our very own Indigeaux Belly Dance troupe. The dancers of Indigeaux will be joined by Shreveport’s Gems of Cairo. The morning’s events will also feature an Open Paddle on the Cane River. From kayaks and canoes to candy and quality produce and crafts, Halloween on the riverbank promises fun for every age. Each of the events are quality family fun and free to the public.
Performers from local dance studios kicked off the evening’s program, showing off their moves to the crowd in a variety of routines. They were followed by the NCHS Chiefettes. The evening was capped by some of the finest musicians to be found in the parish. The Middle School and NCHS orchestras each played several pieces for the appreciative audience. The evening also featured a costumed Dr. Grant Eloi who posed as a guest conductor.
The orchestras have built a remarkable legacy of excellence over the years and are a group of young people of whom we can all be proud. They have toured Europe, performed several times at New York City’s Carnegie Hall as well as at competitions in Disney World.
We at the Natchitoches Parish Journal have long believed that our parish’s children are the equal of any in the country. Give them opportunities and good leadership and they will rise to any challenge set before them. The young men and women of the Natchitoches Parish School System are superb ambassadors for our area!