The Rotary Club of St. Charles Parish announced this week that the 2021 Alligator Festival is cancelled due to parish-wide devastation from Hurricane Ida and continued difficulties surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic.
The festival was scheduled for September 23-26. This marks the second year in a row that the festival had to be cancelled, with last year’s cancellation due to the pandemic.
“The Rotary Club of St. Charles Parish asks everyone to pull together in this time of need, and please take to heart our motto of ‘Service above Self’ while we all work to rebuild our community,” Festival Chairman Eric Dishongh said. “The Rotary Club of St. Charles Parish was hopeful that we could proceed, but with the ongoing concern for public health due to COVID-19 and the devastating impact of Hurricane Ida, the club has no choice but to cancel the 2021 Alligator Festival. Rotarians will actively be involved in the rebuilding efforts of our community and are looking forward to having the festival next year.”
Next year’s festival is slated for September 22-25, 2022.
Rotary Club spokesperson Kelsey Pollock said the proceeds from the Alligator Festival benefit scholarships for Destrehan and Hahnville High School seniors.
“The Rotary Club of St. Charles Parish has awarded over $900,000 in scholarships since our first festival in 1980, making us the largest private scholarship provider in the parish,” she said. “Our festival is also a major tourism event for our parish which in turn boosts our local economy.”