For years the swamp pop dances that Boutte Bingo Hall owner John Landry held at his hall drew in crowds of people from all over southeast Louisiana
In the beginning the dances only brought in around 50 people, but the offering quickly grew to over 200 attendees per week.
With the hall’s renovation now a part of the River Parishes Community College United Way campus, VFW Post 3750 Commander Monty Parr said the VFW post will soon begin hosting the dance gatherings.
“A lot of the older people miss the dances and they were looking for a place to bring back the dances to the community, so we figured we had the space,” Parr said. “We had the opportunity to provide that for them, and it also acts as a fundraiser for us.”
The monthly Sunday afternoon dances will be return to the parish beginning June 6. All dances will held from 2 – 6 p.m. and take place at the VFW Hall located at 140 Angus Drive in Luling.
The band line-up for most of the summer and fall has already been set, and Parr said advanced ticket sales will be available as the first dance gets closer.
On June 6, Ryan Foret and the Foret Tradition will take the stage. Junior LaCrosse will entertain the crowds on July 18 and October 24, and Rick Mocklin & Southern Voice will take the stage on August 8.
Parr said tickets will be $10 a person, and that for now organizers are limiting sales to those 18 years and older.
“We’re talking about it, and we may open it up to be more of a family event in the future,” Parr said.
Hard liquor, but no ice chests, may be brought into the dances. Parr said beer, soft drinks, snacks and food will be available for purchase.
“We look forward to seeing everyone come out for a good time,” he said.