Brian Mouton to lead festival parade
By PAUL KEDINGER
Byron Foote, president of the Rayne Chamber of Commerce & Agriculture, and Jimmy Prevost, 2013 Frog Festival chairman, revealed Wednesday, Sept. 4, Brian Seth Mouton will be accorded the special recognition that comes with the honor of leading the annual festival Grand Parade.
The announcement was made and Mouton congratulated at the Rayne Chamber of Commerce office.
Festival Chairman Jimmy Prevost commended Mouton for his service to the community, noting, “I know you will continue to do a lot for your community. You are a great representative for our community.”
Mouton responded, “I want to thank the Frog Festival Committee for selecting me.” He quickly acknowledged and thanked the two people who nominated him for the special recognition, Cutrina Jolivette and Steve Bandy, who were on hand to offer their congratulations.
Mouton added, “I would like to thank all the individuals who nominated me for the Grand Marshal for the Frog Festival Parade. To be chosen as the Grand Marshall is really a tremendous honor. I would also like to thank the Frog Festival Committee for their consideration, the citizens of Rayne for allowing me to make an impact in the community and A & O 21st Century Club and RJ Reynolds for supporting my efforts. I’m truly grateful and blessed to be a resident of Rayne, La. Public Service is such an important part of any city and it will always be a part of me.” Mouton will lead the Grand Parade on Saturday, Nov. 9 starting at 1:30 p.m.
New to the parade schedule this year is a “Parade Block Party” at Rayne City Hall beginning at 11:00 a.m., sponsored by Dup’s DJ Service (Blaine Dupont). As the parade floats and vehicles pass in front of city hall, the guest dignitaries and float sponsors will be announced.
Festival co-chairman Byron Foote, assisted by Rotary Club of Rayne members, will offer food and drinks to parade goers.
The 2013 Parade Grand Marshal is a life-long resident of Rayne, and is the son of Shirley Mouton and Eddie Young Sr. He is the youngest of five children and shares his birth with a twin brother, Byron.
Brian is currently Senior Division Manager of Trade Marketing for R. J. Reynolds Tobacco Company, a position he has held for 11½ years.
The nomination letters received from Steve Bandy and Cutrina Jolivette, attested that Brian has served as a role model for the youth in Rayne, and has also served his community in many other capacities.