Spectacular additions in store for 2013 Frog Festival parade

Brian Mouton
2013 Frog Festival
Parade Marshal

With only two weeks away, the Rayne Frog Festival committee is “hoppin” to finalize plans to make the 41st Annual Rayne Frog Festival the best ever!
One of the highlights of the festival will be the Grand Parade on Saturday, Nov. 9 at 1:30 p.m.  The parade will line up along W. Louisiana Avenue and travel on N. Adams, The Boulevard and finish at the Rayne Frog Festival grounds.
Brian Seth Mouton will lead the parade as Grand Marshal.
Individuals, organizations, businesses, schools, are invited to participate in the parade, and if you haven’t already turned in an entry form, Daniel Simoneaux, parade chairman is urging you to do it now so the line-up can be scheduled.  You may contact Daniel Simoneaux in person at Farmers True Value Hardware or call 337-334-2507, or Miles Boudreaux at the Rayne Chamber of Commerce & Agriculture office Monday thru Friday 9am-4pm.
In addition to the beautiful floats, marching bands and lots of throws from the parade participants, this years’ Grand Parade will feature beautiful Percheron horses and wagon and Western riders on horseback.
Glenn Daigle owner of the Percheron breed of horses will bring four of his beautiful horses and hitch wagon.  Each horse weighs 2,000 pounds and their beauty is appreciated with the breed’s agility, stamina and quick-footed gait.
Glenn acquired the breed of Percheron horses eight years ago and has six horses that he has used on his farm, but has also participated in trail rides, funerals, weddings, parades with his variety of buggies.  He is most interested in bringing back the Western heritage and trail rides.
And now, at the Rayne Frog Festival Grand Parade, everyone will see these magnificent horses and hitch wagon provided by Glenn Daigle of Iota!
The Rayne Frog Festival committee is also excited to have Western horse riders in the parade this year!
Dale Meche is issuing an open invitation to riders to join him and other riders to also bring back the western heritage and trail riding back to the communities by participating in this years’ Rayne Frog Festival grand parade.
There are specific rules to be followed to ride: 1. All riders must wear western attire, no baseball caps; 2. All horses must be in good physical shape; 3. No stud horses; 4. Only single riders, no doubling; 5. No littering; 6. No drinking alcoholic beverage; 7. Committee reserves the right to refuse any rider not properly dressed or horse not in good physical shape; 8. All riders must register at the corner of Lillian Pierce Drive and Frog Festival Drive starting at 11am and ending at 12:30 pm.  The trailers will be parked in that area.  The cost is $5 per rider or $10 per wagon.  All riders must be registered and have a registration number with them; 9.  Riders will proceed on designated route, as a group to the parade line up on American Legion Drive.  All violators will be ticketed.
For more information or to participate contact Dale Meche at 278-0779 ordalemeche@yahoo.com, or Jimmy Prevost at 334-5152 or raynefrogfestival @ gmail.com.
Another “new” highlight of the festival grand parade this year, is a “Parade Block Party” at Rayne City Hall starting at 11am until after the parade.  The Rotary Club of Rayne has volunteered to prepare and offer BBQ hamburgers and cold drinks before and during the parade.  Dup’s DJ Services will provide musical entertainment, and introduce dignitaries and parade participants during the parade.
Everyone is invited to come have lunch at the Parade Block Party and “Pass a good time” before and during the Grand Parade.
Strike up the bands! Bring your lawn chairs! It’s going to be a great Rayne Frog Festival Grand Parade!


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