Louisiana Seafood Festival

This weekend (September 4-6) the Louisiana Seafood Festival will take place in New Orleans at City Park.  If you are attending, be sure to lookout for the Special Olympics Louisiana table!  We will be out there promoting our organization and Over the Edge.

Thank you to the Louisiana Seafood Festival for having us!

Blues and BBQ was a smokin’ success

Hammond Blues and BBQ photoThank you to all of those who came out the Hammond Blues and BBQ Challenge to support Special Olympics Louisiana this past weekend. Total money raised and pictures to come via our Facebook page.

Special Olympics Louisiana’s Maria Sanchez remarks, “We were so pleasantly surprised by the number of people that came out to support our charity and enjoy the wonderful weather and food. Next year will be the 10th year of the Blues and BBQ Challenge which we are hoping will be the biggest year yet!”

Local newspaper, the Hammond Daily Star, ran a nice article about the entire event. It stated: “…The Piggly Wiggly People’s Choice alone garnered $11,349…”. “It turned out to be very profitable,” event coordinator Cindy Shannon said of the competition….”. “…The 66 teams in the Walmart Backyard Boogie competition ranged from local Hammond businesses, to teams of relatives and neighbors, to groups from Covington and Mandeville…”. Read the full article

Learn more about the Hammond Blues and BBQ Challenge

Happy Lundi Gras from Special Olympics Louisiana

In doing research about Lundi Gras and trying to relate it to Special Olympics, the only thing we found is that the Mayor of New Orleans greets the Rex Captain on Lundi Gras. Well, Mayor Landrieu had been a supporter of our cause for several years, and we are grateful to have him on our side. But, that is all we could come up with!

In recent posts, we have talked about eating King Cake and our staff and athletes riding in this year’s Mardi Gras parades. We have pictures and videos from Mardi Gras themed parties and events we have had in the past but thought that some of that would be outdated.

So… in the process of trying to write today’s blog we learned ALOT about Lundi Gras…Here is what we found and Happy Lundi Gras from Special Olympics Louisiana!

Wikipedia – Lundi Gras
About.com – Lundi Gras in New Orleans
Go Nola.com – The Lundi Gras Top 5