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Carencro Country Christmas

Welcome the holidays in Carencro with two fun events. Join us for the lighting of the city Christmas tree at 6 p.m., Friday, Dec. 1, at City Hall. There will be caroling and cookies, too. That’s followed the next day with a Carencro Country Christmas, our annual event filled with fun for the family. This community event will be held Saturday, Dec. 2, at the Carencro Community Center, 5115 N. University Ave.

Some of the activities include:
• Vendors with arts, crafts and food items
• Holiday music with choir and vocalist performances
• Door prizes
• Business and residential decorating contest winners announced

Vendors can sign up for a booth with this registration form. For general information, email us or call Margaret Rozas (337.896.6686). Businesses and homes in the decorating contest will be judged Nov. 30. To ensure your location is on the list, call Iva Clavelle (337.896.6946).

Annual Veterans Day Ceremony Scheduled

All veterans and the public are invited to our annual Veterans Day Ceremony at 10 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 11, at the Carencro Veterans Memorial. This community event offers heartfelt appreciation for the service of our military men and women. A special feature of this year’s ceremony is a tribute to Korean War veterans. It’s a wonderful morning of patriotism and gratitude.

Highlights include:
• Tribute to Korean War veterans by La. State Senator Gerald Boudreaux
• Recognition of all veterans in attendance and all branches of the military
• Patriotic art display by elementary school students
• Presentation of winners of the middle-school student patriotic essay contest
• Video display of local veterans’ photos, historic and recent
• Music and refreshments

Veterans can have their military photos scanned for display by bringing the photo to Melancon Funeral Home no later than Oct. 27. Please submit this form with your photo. You may also email a .jpg of the photo to tribute@melanconfuneralhome.net and indicate “Veterans Video” in the subject line. Call Jessica at 337.896.8596 to confirm receipt. Thanks to Melancon Funeral Home for offering this service for the past several years!

The Carencro Veterans Memorial is adjacent to City Hall, 210 E. St. Peter Street. We hope you’ll join us for this very special day.

Fall 2017 Events

The fall calendar is filled with music, arts and other cultural activities in Carencro. Two seasonal events, the Mercredi Show and the Carencro Cultural District Marketplace, provide several opportunities for family and friends to enjoy our unique community lifestyle. Make plans to join in the fun!

 
 

Mercredi Show

6-8:30 p.m. at Pelican Park
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Sept. 6 – Charlo and the Bayou Swampers

Sept. 13 – Country Roundup with Jeff Dugan, Kip Sonnier, Tony Bruce, Tammy Lynn, Steve Grisaffe, Richard Comeaux and Marc Hebert

Sept. 20 – Jackie Callier, Ivy Dugas and the Cajun Cousins

Sept. 27 – Warren Storm, Willie Tee and the Cypress Band

Oct. 4 – Mathew Ewing and the All Star Band

Oct. 11 – Tommy G and Stormy Weather

Oct. 18 – Jamie Bergeron and the Kickin’ Cajuns

 

 
 

Carencro Cultural District Marketplace

8 a.m. – noon, behind City Hall, 210 E. St. Peter Street
For info, email Carolyn Ward or Lisa Meche
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Sept. 2 – Special feature this weekend: Team Tailgate Party for children, beginning at 10 a.m.

Oct. 7 – Original art, crafts, music, locally made and grown items.

Nov. 4 – Patriotic Art Walk

 

Carencro on Display at Showcase of Culture

The city of Carencro participated in Lafayette Mayor-President Joel Robideaux’s “Showcase of Culture” at his inaugural “Robideaux Report” address. The “Showcase of Culture” was a highlight of the communities that make Lafayette Parish a culturally-unique area.

We put our best foot forward, showing that Carencro is a city at the crossroads of community, culture, commerce and fun. We showcased the Mercredi Show, Carencro Veterans Memorial, Carencro Cultural District and PARC, a small sample of what the city of Carencro has to offer.

View pictures from the event.

Discoloration of City of Carencro’s Water

The City of Carencro is experiencing discolored water, which is expected to continue for the next few weeks. One of the two water towers is offline due to scheduled maintenance. The 500,000-gallon tower has been drained so the interior can be cleaned and repainted. This process is estimated to take six weeks. Although the remaining 300,000-gallon tower is keeping up with heavy demand which is normally shared by both towers, the iron sediment in the predominately old pipes is being stirred up.

The City of Carencro’s water has always contained heavy iron content. Our city water is tested regularly by the Louisiana Health Department; it meets all their standards and is safe to drink even though it may be discolored. We apologize for this inconvenience and ask for your patience until this situation is resolved.

Thank you. Mayor Glenn Brasseaux

Mardi Gras 2017 Events

Flag Raising Ceremony

The 2017 Krewe of Karencro Mardi Gras flag raising ceremony will be Friday, January 6, 3 p.m., at the Carencro Veterans Memorial, in front of City Hall, 210 E. St. Peter St. Everyone is invited to attend.

Mardi Gras Parade

The 2017 Carencro Mardi Gras Association 34th Annual Mardi Gras Parade will be held Saturday, February 18 at 11 a.m. Parade route roads will close at 10 a.m. For more information and float registration forms, visit the Association’s website.

Christmas Decorating Contest Winners

Thank you to all of the homes and businesses that participated in this year’s Carencro Country Christmas decorating contest, sponsored by the Carencro Business Association. Congratulations to the 2016 winners:

Residential – Marc Broussard, Kaddie Taylor, and Bubba & Annette Prejean

Business – Beau Bassin Cafe and Jim Tatman’s

1% Sales Tax Passes

Residents of the City of Carencro overwhelmingly voted to pass the 1 percent sales tax on December 10. By a 75 percent margin, residents agreed to use the tax to fund the new sewer treatment facility for the city. Thank you for taking the time to understand the proposal, and getting out to vote.

Carencro Country Christmas

The 19th annual Carencro Country Christmas, sponsored by Carencro Business Association, will be Saturday, Dec. 3, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Carencro Community Center, 5115 N. University Ave.

Admission is free, but donations of food or toys for local projects will be accepted and appreciated.

Schedule of events:

9 a.m.-4 p.m. Traditional holiday entertainment by local choirs, talents, dancers, arts & crafts and delicious food. Performers include Beau Fisher, Heaven sound, Timeka Bazile, Classic Clarinets, Carencro Middle School, Christian Gospel Messengers, First Baptist Church of Carencro, and others.

10 a.m. – Santa Clause arrives in Carencro. Pictures with Santa in the studio at the Carencro Community Center.

2 p.m. – Carencro Children’s Christmas Parade Downtown, sponsored by Carencro Lions Club. This traditional family parade features seasonal floats, marching bands, upholding the holiday spirit, rolling through the streets of Carencro and ending with Santa himself.

The judging of homes and businesses for holiday decor will also be held during the day. Contact us if you want to be sure your home or business is included in the judging.

For more information call:

Booths, performance times – Margaret – 337-896-6686, 337-280-9570
Entertainment: Charles Brunt – 337-886-7211
Home/business decorating contest: Iva/Eldine – 337-896-6946, 337-233-5521, 337-896-6411
Parade: JoAnn Lee – 337-896-4147

An additional event on Dec. 3 is the CHS Bears 5k, starting at 8 a.m. Visit www.chsbears5k.com for details.

Upcoming Vote to Fund New Sewer Treatment Facility

The City of Carencro’s sewer treatment facilities are at capacity and must be replaced, which will cost the city $25 million, including the cost of sludge treatment. The city received a $2 million grant and has signed a loan agreement with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) for $23 million. The monthly note will be approximately $83,000 per month for 40 years.

The citizens of Carencro have two options for funding, which will be determined by public vote on December 10. There will be a proposed 1 percent sales tax for the City of Carencro on the ballot.

If the 1 percent sales tax passes, everyone who shops within the city limits of Carencro will pay 1 percent more on items purchased, spreading the cost of the sewer treatment facility to everyone who shops in the city, including visitors. The revenue generated will also provide facilities and equipment for the Carencro fire and police departments, along with operational support.

If the 1 percent sales tax fails, each customer’s sewer bill will increase by approximately $60-$75 per month, above the current sewer bill cost.

Regardless of whether the sales tax passes or fails, the new sewer plant must and will be built.

For more information concerning the proposed 1 percent sales tax, please read these frequently asked questions or call City Hall, 337-896-8481.