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Food, fun reign at Little Red Church

By Jonathan Menard -   May 02, 2013

The Little Red Church Festival will be open from May 3 through May 5 behind St. Charles Borromeo Church on River Road in Destrehan.
The Little Red Church Festival will be open from May 3 through May 5 behind St. Charles Borromeo Church on River Road in Destrehan.

Thousands of people will head to Destrehan this weekend to enjoy soaring fair rides, feast on jambalaya and crawfish pies and show off their target shooting skills.

St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church will host its 33rd annual Little Red Church Food and Fun Festival from May 3 through May 5 behind the church on River Road. The festival has grown into one of the top yearly entertainment venues in the parish and will have three bands and a drumline showcase this year.

Of course, one of the main reasons people travel to any festival is for the food, and Little Red Church doesn’t disappoint. Crawfish pies, meat pies, jambalaya and red beans, pulled pork sandwiches, shrimp stew and onion mums are just a few of the tasty choices this year. Snoballs, beer and wine will also be on the menu.

Kids, teens and the young at heart will be able to soar through the air on a variety of amusement park rides and take part in exciting games where they can take aim at a shooting gallery, hurl a ball at a dunking tank, hit targets with paintballs or throw darts for prizes.

Historically, the event has only hosted two live bands, one on Saturday and one on Sunday. This year three bands have been booked and will perform throughout the weekend.

The Boogie Men will perform from 6 p.m. until 11 p.m. on Saturday. No Idea and the Topcats will play on Sunday. The drumline showcase will take place on Friday.

The Boogie Men are a versatile nine-piece dance band powered by a horn section. Their wide variety of musical styles range from the "big band era" to the most current popular songs and everything in between.

No Idea specializes in 50s oldies, 60s classic rock, 70s dance and disco along with current hip/hop and pop hits. The Topcats have been playing together for nearly 30 years and will make the crowd dance with a variety of music that spans six decades.

Entry into the festival is free and about 3,000 to 5,000 people attend each year.

The festival’s roots trace back to 1980 when a small group of people at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church decided to put on a modest fair to raise money for parish projects and bring the community together. Thirty-three years later, the Little Red Church Food and Fun Festival is one of the largest events in St. Charles.

This year’s festival will be held on May 3 from 6-10 p.m., May 4 from 11 a.m.-10 p.m. and May 5 from 11 a.m.-9 p.m.

For a complete schedule of events, see the the advertisement in this week's newspaper.

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