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Durel declares 10/1/2011 Hispanic Heritage Day

City-Parish President Joey Durel has signed a proclamation declaring October 1st Hispanic Heritage Day.  The proclamation cites the Hispanic population's impact on Louisiana's economy and culture over the last 200 years.

The proclamation was timed to support the second annual Latin Music Festival to be held at Parc International in downtown Lafayette on October 1st.  The Festival is organized by the Association Cultural Latino Acadiana (ACLA).  The Festival will begin at noon and lasts until 10:00 p.m.  Admission is free.

"The Latin Music Festival is another outstanding example of our thriving, diverse culture in south Louisiana.  I commend festival organizers for their hard work in putting this together, and I know our community will be out in support at Parc International on Saturday," said City-Parish President Joey Durel in a statement.

Live music will be provided by a DJ and three live bands-- Eddy Chan, Grammy winner Chubby Carrier and internationally-known Joaquin Diaz.  Food will be sold from seven local Latin food restaurants and dancing demonstrations will also be available. The restaurants as well as the arts and crafts exhibition will open at noon.  

Event organizers welcome inquiries about the Festival.  Contact Luis Mora at (337) 988-1041, Yasmin Carrizales (ACLA President) at (337) 781-4739, or Juan Paredes at (337) 216-0112. The event is also accepting volunteers, and interested persons can check the website, email, or call (337) 944-0111.


The Charter Commission has recommended a change in consolidation. It would keep the services we receive consolidated, keeping the efficiencies we now have. But it would divide the government into a pure parish government and a pure city government for Lafayette. Do you support the Charter Commission's recommendation?