With no Mardi Gras balls or parades this year, the Krewe of Southdowns have found a new way to celebrate.

February 12th, the 34th year of the Southdowns Parade, Founder DR. William Gladney combined the celebration of Carnival with the public health message “Get the Vaccine” to create hope and hope for a return to normal in the community.

Gladney had a limousine transported King “Corona” Hudson Chesteen and Queen “vaccine” Amanda Stephenson to four Baton Rouge hospitals to deliver king cakes to frontline health workers and recognize them for their hard work in vaccinating the community during the pandemic.

The spread of the “Get the Vaccine” message was past the Southdowns royalties Adelaide Gladney, Terri DuCote, Frank and Dawn Muscarello and Gus and Sherry Wilkes. A logo from Thom Harris showed this year’s “Queen Vaccine”, who won a fight against the “King Corona”, with the promise “We’ll Be Back”.

Poydras celebrates its 100th birthday

Leroy Joseph Poydras celebrated its 100th birthday on February 21. A drive-by parade with more than 200 cars was the occasion for the Park Vista Subdivision.

Poydras is from Lafayette and is a lifelong resident of Baton Rouge. He has been married to for 57 years Elsie Prejean Poydras and is the father of Kevin Poydras, from San Diego, California, and Cynthia Hayes, from San Antonio, Texas. He has four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

A graduate of Paul Breaux High School, Poydras served in the US Navy. He received his BS from Southern University and his MS from Loyola University in New Orleans.

For 37 years he taught biology, chemistry and physics in the parishes of St. James and East Baton Rouge. He is a member of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Baton Rouge.

Audubon DAR is celebrating Washington’s birthday

The John James Audubon Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution held its annual George Washington Birthday Luncheon on February 22nd at Mike Anderson’s Seafood Restaurant.

State Regent Charlotte Hodge White was the speaker. South Central District Director Lauren Pourciau Durr was a guest. White spoke about her government project for the historic preservation of the Badin Roque House in Natchez, Louisiana. The Badin-Roque house is an example of an early Creole architectural style known as Poteaux-en-Terre (post in the ground). This building was built around 1770 by an early French settler.

Surviving examples of Poteaux-en-Terre structures are rare in Louisiana’s damp soil due to the high susceptibility of the posts to water damage. The Badin Roque House is believed to be the only remaining building of its kind in Louisiana and one of only four in the country. The home was purchased by the St. Augustine Historical Society in 1979 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Chapter regent Margaret Tyler welcomed members and guests. Each participant received an embroidered handkerchief and a brochure on “Fashions of the 18th Century”. Chapter chairmen of the DAR schools Denise Lindsly collected seed packets for the Hindman Settlement School to be used for the Grow Appalachia Food program for families in the Appalachian region.

Lindsly was on the hostess committee, Sue Ann Shore, Sallie McKann, Georgia LaCour and Caroline Tyler and Denise Malesic.

Donations for the restoration of the Badin Roque House can be made at lsdar.org. DAR membership is open to women aged 18 and over who can demonstrate direct descent from an ancestor who helped achieve American independence. Contact the Chapter Registrar for more information Bridget May at bmantiquarian@gmail.com.

Legion Post 58 is holding the first face-to-face meeting since the pandemic

The Boyd-Ewing Post 58 of the American Legion met on February 1st at the LSU Alumni Center, their first face-to-face meeting since March 2020. The meeting was also conducted via Zoom.

commander Byron Comeaux gave Louisiana veterans an update in support of the American Legion, including programs that focus on female veterans. Charles BattisteThe commandant’s adjutant also gave an overview of the veterans programs.

Gordon Monk, President and CEO of the LSU Alumni Association, was a guest. The association’s continued cooperation with Post 58 was recognized.

Anna Sanders, Post 38 Color Guard, provided an overview of the Color Guard’s organization and mission, particularly in support of honoring deceased Louisiana veterans. Among the participants were Lillian Hoover, a WWII Navy veteran.

The next Post 58 meeting will take place on Monday at 11 a.m. in the LSU Alumni Association.