Posted: Jul 4, 2013 5:11 PM by Chris Welty
Updated: Jul 5, 2013 1:37 PM
The party is continuing tonight in Erath where hundreds are gathered for the town's 67th annual Fourth of July celebration . It's deeply draped in traditions, one of which is the town's annual water fight.
Patriotism fills the air in Erath. Flags wave, people dress in red, white and blue as they patiently waiting for the 50th annual fire department water fights.
It's a competition crowds always look forward to and one firefighters take very seriously. Over the years it has been a back and forth for first place especially between the Leblanc and Erath fire departments.
"It's really tough. It's a really tough competition," said Erath Fire Chief Tristin Bouillion.
Water spraying at 70 PSI pummels the firemen. The team holding on the longest gets bragging rights for the next year.
"It's kind of like you're a gladiator for the day you know," said Leblanc Fire Chief Ronald Broussard.
For the firemen the rivalry is friendly. It's a chance for them to interact with the crowd.
"We actually get to see them have a good time and we get to have a good time with them," said Bouillion.
Though the rivalry between Erath and the Leblanc Fire Departments draws the crowds, others come just for the atmosphere.
"People are friendly here and I love the tourists that come," said Carroll Duhon.
Others, just enjoy finding ways to cool off.
"My favorite thing about this is getting wet and seeing the firefighters fight with water," said one kid playing in the water.
For the fourth year in a row, the Leblanc Fire Department is taking home the first place trophy.
Erath: 2nd Place
Delcambre: 3rd Place
Henry: 4th Place
Youngsville: 5th Place