Do Louisianians want to share the collective debauchery that is Mardi Gras with the rest of the nation? According to the Times Picayune, Zatarain’s, the New Orleans company famous for fish-fry, creole mustard and crab boil seasoning, has launched a petition to create a federal holiday devoted to merriment and misrule. To sign up, here’s the link to the online petition. Currently, the petition is at 1 percent of its 100,000 signature goal, which Zatarain’s president, Scott Bolonda, hopes to reach by Fat Tuesday, Feb. 24 this year. Can Yankees or Mid-westerners handle our outrageous celebration? Perhaps a bit of self deprecating humor and a good dose of satire might make everyone feel better this year.
There will soon be a whole lot of shakin’ going on at Benny’s Sportshack Supplement Depot, a new concept by Opelousas native Benny Nele. Located at 2002 Johnston St., the supplement shop, smoothie bar and café, featuring hot off the press paninis and wraps, plans to open in late May.
Philip deMahy Sr., a once respected New Iberia ad exec, was sentenced May 2 to spend the next two years (he faced up to 100 years) in a state penitentiary after state and federal investigators found dozens of images depicting children engaged in lewd sexual acts on his personal computer.