Editor’s Picks for May

Scripted plots shift with each bruise
May 2, 2012
Grammy winner delivers zydeco to the masses
May 2, 2012
Scripted plots shift with each bruise
May 2, 2012
Grammy winner delivers zydeco to the masses
May 2, 2012

Thibodaux Firemen’s Fair and Parade – May 3-6

The Thibodaux Firemen’s Fair returns for a four-day celebration early this month.

The fair dates back to World War II. It is the only fundraiser for the Thibodaux Fire Department. Last year, the fair raised more than $600,000.

It opens at 5 p.m. on Thursday and Friday and 11 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

Live auctions begin at 7 p.m. Saturday and after the parade ends on Sunday. At the end of the fair, which closes at 9 p.m. Sunday, a raffle ticket worth $10,000 is pulled.

The fairgrounds house pay-one-price carnival rides all four days. Gumbo, jambalaya, po-boys, chili, eggrolls and shrimp spaghetti are among the menu items.

Country music star Tracy Lawrence anchors a lineup littered with talented acts, including Damon Troy and Final Five, Don Rich, Travis Matte and Zydeco Kingpins, ISIS and Category 6.

The parade of fire engines, Louisiana’s oldest, begins at 11 a.m. Sunday on Tiger Drive.


Tiger Tour arrives in Thibodaux – May 15

LSU head football coach Les Miles leads the annual Tiger Tour through the Tri-parishes when he makes a stop in Thibodaux.

The LSU Tiger Tour, a coordinated effort by the university’s three main fundraising branches, makes nine stops this year. It rolls into Thibodaux’s Warren J. Harang Auditorium on May 15.

Miles addresses the audience, and other notable guests within Tiger athletics are expected to attend. There’s also photo areas, a trivia challenge, silent auction, dinner buffet and cash bar. LSU gear is available through the LSU Alumni Store.

Individual tickets cost $50. A table of eight (gold) costs $350, a table of eight (purple) costs $1,000 and the Tiger table of eight costs $2,500. Tables are positioned based on tiers.

Doors open at 6 p.m., and the program begins at 7 p.m.

For more information, contact Tri-Parish Tigers President Myra Simon at (225) 571-4627 or triparishtour@att.net, or Kelly Landry, with Tiger Athletic Foundation, (800) 644-4823.



Nunsense reprisal – May 17-19

Believe it or not, the Little Sisters of Hoboken are back for more.

“Nunsense” returned to Houma in March for a fundraiser for United Methodist Church. Now, the goal is the same as the talented cast portraying colorfully comic roles graces the stage at Le Petit Theatre.

Sue Peace (Sr. Amnesia), Jeanne Scott (Sr. Mary Regina), Debra Gorr (Sr. Hubert), Ginny Medina-Hamilton (Sr. Robert Anne) and Kami Rae Ellender (Sr. Mary Leo) each resume their roles May 17-19.

All shows begin at 7:30 p.m. Tickets cost $20, and reservations can be made by calling (985) 876-4278 or visiting www.houmalittletheatre.com.

All proceeds are dedicated to Le Petit’s renovation fund.

The theater hosts its annual Esther Awards at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 2 at the Main Affair, 7879 Main St., Houma. Tickets cost $25.

The award ceremony, held in honor of Esther McCollam, recognizes best director, best producer, best actor and actress and other exemplary contributors to the preceding Le Petit season.



Jambalaya Festival – May 24-26

The 45th-annual Jambalaya Festival, a whirlwind of fun, excess and competition, returns to Gonzales, or the “Jambalaya Capital of the World,” this month.

The Champ of Champs cook-off symbolizes the start of the festival each year. It is scheduled for 2 p.m. on Thursday. Kyle Frederic won the event last year.

The jambalaya-cooking contest is intertwined throughout the three days, with competitors’ requirements escalating as the tournament continues.

The festival’s carnival begins a day early on Wednesday with pay-one-price ($20) rides. A weekend pass is available for $50.

Saturday features a 5K and 1-mile fun run in front of the civic center, a car show, and the mini-pot cook-off, which is split into three age divisions. An arts and crafts show is scheduled Saturday and Sunday.

Twenty-five bands, including MoJeaux, Foret Tradition, Free Style, Chee Weez, Blue Eyed Soul Revue and Wayne Toups perform over three days.

Chefs cook a pot of jambalaya at the annual Jambalaya Fest in Gonzales.


LSU head football coach Les Miles speaks in Thibodaux May 15.