Whether you currently live in Mandeville or just want to come back and visit, you are invited to join and share in the spirit of the unique beauty of Mandeville, Louisiana on Sunday, May 27th, the Sunday of Memorial Day weekend (rain date May 28).
The free event opens the area to picnicking, usually off-limits alongside the lake. Events kick off with opening ceremonies at 10am, live music starting at 11am, with food vendors, picnicking along the entire lakefront, and a free park-and-ride shuttle from 10am to 8pm.
Mayor Donald Villere welcomes the crowd at 10am, followed by an invocation, presentation and color guard by Mandeville Fire Dept., Pledge of Allegiance, a performance by Shelby Ledet (the National Anthem and Mandeville High School (MHS) Alma Mater Song), and an historical presentation by former MHS Principal James Robertson ("Coach Rob").
Then, kick back and enjoy lake breezes and shade under giant live oaks. It's a great opportunity for newcomers to meet the "old-timers," and reconnect with family and friends. Set up near Lafayette Street and enjoy live music all day! Drinks and food will be sold also, and a large dining canopy will be available with tables and chairs. Concessions include grilled sausages and hot dogs, hamburgers, jambalaya, chips and drinks.
Rules for the Lakefront Picnicking:
Bring your tables, chairs, or blankets. Pop-up tents (10’ x 10’ or 12’ x 12’) are welcomed. Ice chests/coolers are welcomed (positively NO GLASS!). You are welcome to bring your own prepared food, or bring supplies to cook using gas grills only; no charcoal briquettes or boiling pots are permitted. The music and entertainment stage will be set on the lakefront near Lafayette Street. Relief and hand-washing stations will also be set up for the day.
Early birds will have their choice of tent space or set-up space. Don’t forget your flags and banners so others will know where to find you and your family & friends!
Lakeshore Drive will be closed to parking in certain areas to be announced (see website). Because parking is limited, shuttles will be provided from the following public parking areas: Lafitte and Madison Streets; Girod and Madison Streets; Girod and Jefferson Streets; and Laffite Street and General Pershing (adjacent to the Trailhead). If you wish to park inside the blocked zone, it is recommended to set up early (see website or Facebook page).
There will be NO parking on the north side of Lakeshore DrIve or on any grassy areas. These are strictly prohibited areas and subject to immediate removal.
Contacts for Free Shuttle Service may be made in advance by anyone who wishes to picked up at any of these parking areas.
You may call: Tracy Frazier Elsensohn at (985)-502-4496, Susan Brady at 985-265-3014, Lucinda Manint at: (985)-373-5563 or Kirt Frosch at: (985)-966-0851.