Rice Festival selects Randy Falcon as 2010 Grand Parade Marshal

CROWLEY - Crowley native, Randy E. Falcon, has been chosen as Marshal of the 2010 International Rice Festival Grand Parade slated for the afternoon of Saturday, October 16, 2010, as announced by Albert LeLeux, 2010 festival president.

Falcon was born in Crowley in 1950. His parents were Edward Falcon and Evelyn Hanks Falcon, founders of Crowley Warehouse that eventually became known as the Falcon Rice Mill which is still operated by the Falcon family. Randy grew up attending the International Rice Festival, attended St. Michael’s school and was a member of the first graduating class of Notre Dame High School in 1968.

Falcon earned a BA degree in Education with a minor in Psychology from McNeese State University in 1974. He started his teaching career in Crowley and also taught for several years in Lafayette Parish.

Falcon began making Cajun accordions in 1973, which became his passion and vocation. He retired from teaching to devote all of his time to making the instrument. After working on an idea he thought of, Falcon invented and received a U.S. patent for a new design called a dual pitch accordion. He has sold his accordions in Canada, Europe and the United States. The “Falcon” accordion has become a favorite for many of the top musicians.

Randy and his wife, Connie Thibodeaux Falcon, live on his family rice farm in Lafayette Parish and is Vice President of Falcon Rice Mill, Inc. They have two children, Wade Falcon and his wife Laycie Romero Falcon, and Melanie Falcon Daigle and her husband Derrick Daigle. They have one grandchild, Isabella Marie Falcon.

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