Celebrate many cultures at International Family Day

By By Jordan Gribble / Special to the American Press

There is perhaps nothing more important to families than the memories they share — of vacations and holidays, and of time spent


The third annual International Family Day in the Park will give families an opportunity to do just that. The event will be

9 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, and 1-7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 4, at Lock Park.

“We like to call this a community-unity event, and it was basically a mission that I was given to try to bring people of all

cultures together to celebrate family and learn about each other,” said Salemah Broussard, event founder.

“There’s no better way to bring families together than in an intimate park setting, where we’ll have organizations coming

to give out empowerment, education and fun for the children. We’ll have everything it takes to make a family happy.”

Activities on Saturday will begin at 9 a.m. with a prayer by Patrick Jacko and a performance by Ba Ba Zohar and the Free Spirit

Drummers at 9:15. There will be a health tent open 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. to teach families about massage therapy, yoga and

zydeco exercise.

Other events will include a fashion show, line dancing and a performance by Salemah & Company featuring Chester Daigle and

James Bill. A children’s fun shop will feature arts and crafts, face painting, clowns and games.

On Sunday the event will feature a community gumbo dinner, which will be free for all, at 2:30 p.m.; a performance by Robin

Semien at 5 p.m.; and speeches by Randy Roach and Democratic congressional candidate Ron Richard.

Broussard said the event has made great strides in bringing families of different cultures together to learn from one another.

“Louisiana is made up of different

cultures of people. That’s how we came up with gumbo; we took a little

from this nationality

and a little bit from another and put it all together to make a

spicy, seasoned area,” she said. “That’s the spirit of this

event — to get families together and be reunited.”