"We noticed that Lafayette never had an official tree before, one that everyone in the city could enjoy," says Downtown Lafayette Unlimited's David D'Aquin. "DLU bought the tree and made the investment, and we thought what better place to have the tree than in the center of the city." The tree comes from downtown business Evangeline Specialties, which specializes in seasonal decorations for cities.
Officially named "Twas the Light Before Christmas," the tree lighting is one of numerous events planned for Nov. 26. The Louisiana Crafts Guild and Children's Museum of Acadiana will hold a crafts market with children's activities in the park from noon-8 p.m., and the Alexandre Mouton House, Acadiana Center for the Arts and Lafayette Natural History Museum & Planetarium will offer free admission all day. At dusk, around 5:45 p.m., City-Parish President Joey Durel will light the Lafayette Christmas tree. A holiday downtown ArtWalk will follow from 6-8 p.m., along with a Music Market at Nitetown from 5-8 p.m. and open house at IberiaBank for viewing of its Winter Wonderland and Santa's Workshop.
Although Lafayette's Christmas tree is artificial, two live spruce pines were planted in the park earlier this month to eventually take the place of the first tree. D'Aquin says the pines should be ready for decorations and lights next year. This year's big tree will be lit through New Year's. "[The lights] come on with a photo sensor," D'Aquin says. "As soon as it gets dark, the lights are on."
September's $509 million in sales pushed Lafayette Parish's nine-month total to $4.4 billion.
The Louisiana Supreme Court has punted on its first chance to decide whether a new state constitutional provision declaring gun possession a fundamental right could void a long list of criminal statutes that regulate firearms.
New Orleans' offense, which ranks sixth in the NFL, isn't helping many of its skill players pile up Pro Bowl-type stats. Rather, the approach of coach Sean Payton and quarterback Drew Brees has enabled a wide range of play-makers to emerge periodically with high-production outings.
An ordinance phasing out a rebate businesses receive for collecting and remitting sales taxes is tabled, but it doesn’t solve the vexing issue of government revenue.
From jewelry to home goods, deals abound
Forgiving shapes for NOLA Bowl
Here's your daily look at late-breaking national and international news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Thursday, December 12, 2013:
As part of a national undertaking known by industry insiders as the “Butterfly Project,” a rebranded version of The Daily Advertiser is set to launch with Sunday’s edition of the Gannett-owned paper.
Louisiana moved up a slot to 48th in the ranking of healthy states — once again, thank God for Mississippi! — so all this frettin’ about Gov. Bobby Jindal’s refusal to expand Medicaid per Obamacare ... fuggidaboutit! We don’t need Medicaid no more!
The Denham Springs woman who placed Christmas lights in the shape of a butter finger on her roof in a display of anger directed at neighbors has doubled the trouble for the 2013 holiday season.
The New Orleans architect behind the 1984 World’s Fair also left his mark on Lafayette.
Laid back vibe just right for NOLA Bowl
The 30-second commercial, to run around the state, is the Democratic senator's first TV spot in her bid for re-election to a fourth term.
It's a number that has edged up but falls far short of the thousands who are eligible for subsidized coverage.
A group of mostly higher education leaders will make recommendations to state lawmakers about how to tweak the policies governing tuition rates charged at the state's public colleges.
Week long specials and a ribbon cutting celebration held in Parc Lafayette
Fort Worth company's new facility at Lafayette Regional Airport will build helicopters primarily for the export market.
Could River Ranch restaurant be the next star?
Move over Hooters — there’s a new breastaurant coming to town.
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