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GRAY, LA – In an effort to foster unity and celebrate the community spirit of Houma, Explore Houma declared November 10 as National Civic Pride Day. This annual occasion is set to highlight the cultural richness, civic achievements and enduring resilience of our beloved city through community service projects aimed at beautifying Terrebonne Parish.
While November 10 is the official Civic Pride Day, Explore Houma has engaged in consistent service activities throughout the year. Here are a few community projects that have made a huge impact for our community:
- Terrebonne Parish Welcome Sign – A new welcome sign replaces the previous landmark at the gateway to our community, featuring design elements that represent the unique landscape and culture of Terrebonne Parish.
- La Petite Theatre – It was a long road to recovery for La Petite Theatre following Hurricane Ida, but thanks to community servitude, they were able to open their doors once again as the leading Broadway on the Bayou.
- Courthouse Square Bandstand – The Hache Grant Association raised funds through various events to build the stunning bandstand, an outlet that symbolizes the dedication to preserving cultural heritage.
- Rotary Club Centennial Plaza – Commemorating a century of service and fellowship, The Rotary Club Centennial Plaza is a tribute to the Club’s long-standing commitment to community service and improvement. The landmark is a beautiful addition to Downtown Houma and is a functional space for community gatherings and public events.
- Leadership Terrebonne Projects –Leadership Terrebonne members were split into groups that would each focus on enhancing our community through civic pride. All four groups completed projects that are instrumental in pushing our civic pride efforts forward. Example: Rock da Boot – this group visited local 3rd and 4th graders and painted rocks that were taken from canals and levees. They taught the kids the importance of levee systems, wetlands preservation and how they can help protect our coast by placing the painted rocks back as a barrier.
- Downtown Murals – New mural art, like the butterfly wings and Cajun claws, was commissioned by local artists to enhance the visual appeal of Downtown Houma and celebrate local heritage.
“National Civic Pride Day isn’t just about celebration; it’s a call to action for every one of us to contribute positively to the place we call home,” says Sondra Corbitt, Executive Director at Explore Houma. “We encourage everyone in Terrebonne Parish to get involved, whether it’s through participating in the events, volunteering or simply spreading the word.”
By recognizing National Civic Pride Day, Explore Houma hopes to inspire a tradition that not only celebrates the past and present of the community but also mobilizes citizens towards a more vibrant and sustainable future. It is an open invitation for all to contribute to making Houma a place where civic pride is not just a concept, but a lived experience.