For those of us who are familiar with the flood of 2016, you know that unpredictable storm brought grief and devastation to southeast Louisiana at what we predicted to be the end of hurricane season. Also known as the ‘100-year rain event”, this rainstorm moved in as a hurricane without the wind and without a warning. At the peak, close to 20% of businesses in the state of Louisiana were affected by the storm, while over 6,000 businesses experienced physical flooding throughout East Baton Rouge, Livingston, Ascension, and other surrounding parishes. While the cleanup and the federal assistance has dragged out and stress the locals to this day, what is remarkable is the way in which the people of south Louisiana have managed to stay optimistic and true to tradition.
With the flood of 2016 also came another storm: presidential election season. When the annual SpanishTown parade came around in the city of Baton Rouge, came a new theme of ‘Come Hell or High Water’. Although we have recently lost one of the founding fathers Charles ‘Fish’ Fisher, he didn’t miss the fun of the response his beloved SpanishTown had to say on the 2016 flood and presidential election.
(image: Spanish Town parade, 2017)
While SpanishTown parade is known for its quirky themes and pink flamingos that pepper the neighborhood in downtown Baton Rouge, its tradition stands as being an unbridled voice of the people back then, now, and in years to come.
In memory of Charles ‘Fish’ Fisher
(image: TheAdvocate.com, July 2017)