June 29, 2014 1:38 PM
SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) - The success or failure of three projects in downtown Shreveport will illustrate the future of the city's commercial and entertainment hub. The Sears Building in the 600 block of Texas Street and two adjacent buildings are being rehabilitated by a New Orleans developer seeking to turn... more »
February 26, 2014 9:43 AM
HOUMA, La. (AP) - A vandal is calling for less oil, more art in a series of spray-painted messages scrawled onto the walls of historic buildings and landmarks in downtown Houma. The Courier reports police are investigating the vandalism, which popped up sporadically over several weeks, the last of which... more »
October 10, 2013 7:44 AM
Downtown Lafayette's Movies in the Parc is a family friendly movie event. The Fall Movies in the Parc series launches Friday, October 12, with Indiana Jones and Raiders of the Lost Ark showing at Parc International. Admission is $2, and the gates open at 6 pm.
The Fall series... more »
June 6, 2013 8:21 AM
The 2nd Saturday ArtWalk will be this Saturday, June 8th, 2013, in downtown Lafayette. Lafayette Downtown Unlimited will also have free old school P.E. Class for adults. LDU and crossfit will have adult P.E. Monday, Wednesday and Saturday.
For more info visit: www.downtownlafayette.org/
May 9, 2013 7:25 AM
Downtown Lafayette has so many things to offer this summer season! Check out this interview with DTA representative Katie to see what's in store.
The remaining Spring 2013 line up:
May 10: Louisiana Red (Crowd Favorites - Parc Sans Souci)
May 17: Mercy Brothers (Rockabilly Gospel -... more »
March 12, 2013 7:03 PM
Historic Downtown New Iberia is receiving national publicity after being named one of CNN's America's Best Small Town Comebacks.
The hustle and bustle of Downtown New Iberia is welcomed. In the early 80s, it was a different scene. The area lost many businesses after the oil bust.
Books... more »
December 3, 2012 8:59 AM
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Acadiana are hosting the Tacky Sweater Run benefiting Big Brothers Big Sisters in Downtown Lafayette's Parc San Souci. This run will takeplace on Saturday, December 8, 2012, from noon until 4 pm.
WHO: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Acadiana is a mentoring organization which... more »
September 14, 2012 9:00 AM
Movies in the Parc will show Breakfast at Tiffany's at Parc International in Downtown Lafayette!! Saturday, September 15, 2012 at dusk (around 7:05).
For more info call: 337-291-5566
or visit: www.DowntownLafayette.org
September 7, 2012 10:35 PM
Downtown Alive! kicked off it's 30th year of free music Friday night and the downtown area was the place to be. But it wasn't always that way, and it's the free concert series that helped bring the heart of Lafayette to life.
30 years ago, downtown Lafayette wasn't the... more »
July 31, 2012 11:09 PM
Downtown Youngsville is set for a makeover soon. The city met with engineers and the public Tuesday night to discuss plans to beautify and revitalize the downtown area.
The project, set to cost around a million dollars, includes re-surfacing Highway 92, adding new curbs and a gutter system, six... more »
July 3, 2012 7:24 AM
The Acadiana Symphony Orchestra and Conservatory of Music will be live at Red, White and BOOM! This Wednesday, July 4, 2012, Parc International, Parc Sans Souci, and Parc Putnam will have music, fun and fireworks starting at 5 pm and lasting until 10 pm. Tickets are $5 to get in.... more »
July 2, 2012 8:30 AM
LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - The search for money to pay for enhanced police patrols in downtown Lafayette has sparked talk about a new tax for the area.
City-Parish Councilman Brandon Shelvin, who represents downtown, tells The Advocate he is exploring a possible property tax or other type of assessment... more »
June 4, 2012 9:29 AM
Enjoy two full days of workshops in the historic downtown district of Grand Coteau on Saturday and Sunday, July 7 and 8, 2012. This is a great family event where you can learn easy ways to write poems for friends, hear about the newest scents for the home take part... more »
April 2, 2012 6:31 AM
SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) - Shreveport police say officers shot a 29-year-old man who drove his truck into at least two parked cars, then allegedly tried to run over two mounted patrol officers. Christopher Duggan of Bossier City was in critical condition Sunday and faced charges of drunk driving, reckless driving,... more »
March 9, 2012 10:09 AM
Downtown Lafayette is hosting Downtown Alive! Come out March 9th, 2012 to enjoy the Swamp Pop festivities at Parc International. The fun starts at 5:30 pm!! Bring your friends, family and kids, but no pets or outside food or beverages.
For more info: 337-291-5566
Or visit: www.downtownlafayette.org
February 21, 2012 8:50 AM
SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) - Authorities' say a fight in downtown Shreveport has left one man hospitalized and another man facing serious charges. Shreveport Police Sgt. Bill Goodin said in a news release that the fight happened Monday about 3 a.m. Police called to the area found 22-year-old Tygue Manshack suffering... more »
January 17, 2012 4:33 PM
Seven Lafayette bars in the downtown area are appealing hefty liquor license suspensions at tonight's Lafayette Consolidated Government Meeting. The suspensions come after the bars failed to pay a controversial tax, specially levied against them to pay for downtown police detail. Coming up at 5 & 6, KATC's Maddie will... more »
January 12, 2012 10:23 AM
On January 14th, ArtWalk will be hosted by Downtown Lafayette Unlimited. The ArtWalk will be located in Downtown Lafayette at various galleries and on sidewalk displays. Come downtown from 6-9pm to enjoy art work from local artist and those from the Lafayette's Public School System. If any info is needed... more »
December 22, 2011 11:09 PM
In a tie vote this week, Lafayette Consolidated Government shot down the proposal to end the downtown bar levy. But some bar owners aren't giving up their fight against the levy, and are re-filing a lawsuit in federal court.
As David Lawson gets ready to open his bar on... more »
October 11, 2011 1:06 AM
The pedestrian struck by an accused drunk driver this weekend in downtown Lafayette remains in critical condition.
23 year old Eddie Dubois is suffering from severe brain injuries and has been in and out of a coma.
"This is my worst nightmare," said Eddie's mom Kathy, who has... more »
June 21, 2011 6:51 PM
Flames, smoke, and water ripped through the historic 100 year old Aurora Masonic Lodge building which also houses the Louisiana Medical Supply Company in New Iberia.
"All I could see was smoke then, there were no flames protruding from the building, but then it didn't take long for the... more »
June 21, 2011 7:12 AM
The Iberia Parish Fire Department is working to extinguish a blaze in the 200 block of Main Street in Historical Downtown New Iberia.
The blaze broke out around 11:00 Monday night at the Aurora Masonic Lodge which also houses the Louisiana Medical Supply Company. Officials wouldn't allow our crew... more »
April 13, 2011 9:52 PM
Downtown Lafayette kicks off a new campaign this week. It's called 100 Days of Downtown and a hundred ways to enjoy them. There are more than 100 stores and businesses in downtown Lafayette and until August 4th, you can find some sweet deals to celebrate your summer. Every day, downtown... more »
January 3, 2011 9:32 AM
LAFAYETTE - See the Art - Buy the Art. Explore the Downtown Lafayette Cultural District as art galleries display works by the best of local and regional artists. Take a tour of the galleries during 2nd Saturday ArtWalk on January 8th as Downtown comes alive with more than a dozen... more »
December 22, 2010 7:55 PM
Streetscape project continues Downtown and is hurting several local businesses. "Frustration is the least of my worries, I have to worry about paying bills," said Gil Guillory, owner of Rivals Sports Grill in Downtown Lafayette. Rivals Sports Grill has only been open for two months. Business was thriving, but now... more »
November 11, 2010 10:27 AM
The Acadiana Film Festival is taking over Downtown Lafayette starting today.
Now in its fourth year the AFF returns to Downtown Lafayette from November 11-14 for four days of screenings, panels, workshops, seminars, networking and parties.
Founded by Jana Godshall in 2006, AFF is an international independent festival... more »
November 2, 2010 2:20 AM
Tuesday night, the Lafayette City-Parish Council will once again consider final adoption of the so-called "go cup" ordinance. The proposal would ban the possession of open alcohol containers and public consumption of alcohol in the downtown district, the Simcoe-Surrey Street corridor and the McKinley Street Strip.
Lafayette Police Chief... more »
October 20, 2010 9:14 PM
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - New Orleans got $2 million in federal money Wednesday to look at tearing down an elevated section of Interstate 10 that runs past the French Quarter that's been blamed for ruining one of the city's most important black neighborhoods when it was built in the 1960s.... more »
October 7, 2010 10:15 AM
Downtown Alive and the Festival Acadiens et Creoles Kickoff.
@ Parc International this Friday, October 8th. Music starts at 5:30 p.m.-9:00 p.m.
For information call, 337-291-5566 or visit, www.DowntownLafayette.org
September 23, 2010 11:14 AM
For 27 years, Downtown Alive! has united community and culture to create a weekly tradition and celebration in Downtown Lafayette every Fall and Spring. The Fall 2010 season continues September 24, 2010, with Cowboy Mouth in Parc International offering great entertainment in the form of free, family-friendly, smoke free, outdoor... more »
September 15, 2010 3:05 PM
LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - Louisiana's poet laureate, Darrell Bourque, and cookbook author Marcelle Bienvenu are among authors at the first Acadiana Book Festival in downtown Lafayette. Novelists, mystery authors and children's book authors are among dozens of other writers who will be making presentations at the festival Oct. 30.
... more »
September 9, 2010 9:28 AM
KATC's Tracy Wirtz will serve as emcee at this Friday's Downtown Alive.
For 27 years, Downtown Alive! has united community and culture to create a weekly tradition and celebration in Downtown Lafayette every Fall and Spring. The Fall 2010 season continues September 17, 2010, with Nik-L Beer in Parc... more »
September 6, 2010 7:09 PM
Taking your drink from bar-to-bar in to-go cups in Lafayette may not be allowed in a few weeks if a new city law passes.
Lafayette Consolidated Government has been meeting with police and bar owners for years.
They say they want to keep people safe and help law... more »
April 23, 2010 11:20 AM
February 27, 2010 6:01 PM
On his way out, Jefferson Street Market owner Rob Robinson took what some are calling a "cheap shot" at his now former place of business and the Downtown Development Authority.
"It's sort of becoming frustrating dealing with some of the problems down here," says Robinson.
He and many... more »
February 16, 2010 8:24 AM
LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - The Lafayette City-Parish Council will vote this week on whether to scrap a security fee for downtown bars implemented last year. Councilman Brandon Shelvin is seeking to rescind a security fee the council imposed on downtown bars to help pay for a stronger police presence to... more »
February 10, 2010 2:26 PM
LAFAYETTE - Judges have been selected for the Annual Mardi Gras Costume Contest at King's Court to be held February 16, Mardi Gras day. The King's Court will be located at Parc Sans Souci on the corner of Polk and Vermilion Streets. The costume contest is free, and it's open... more »
January 20, 2010 4:22 PM
The City of Lafayette is teaming up with Festival International and the International Center for a concert to benefit Haiti relief efforts.
The concert is being called "Strength in Numbers" - the national motto of Haiti. It will be held at Parc International this Saturday from 2-8 PM and... more »
December 8, 2009 12:02 AM
D owntown bar owners in L afayette are processing why they have to pay more for security. I n M arch , the C ity- P arish C ouncil approved an ordinance requiring bar owners to pay a monthly fee for extra police patrols. B ars are paying approximately... more »
December 3, 2009 4:31 PM
232-help is moving to a new home. Offices are moving to Jefferson Street across from Keller's Bakery. Executive Director Maria Placer, ensures that services will not be interrupted during the move.
December 3, 2009 3:40 PM
DESCRIPTION: A family oriented evening of strolling, shopping, and dining. The event features artists, live entertainment, free refreshments, Santa Claus, a drawing for a gift basket give away, and white light holiday displays all within Abbeville's gaily decorated Downtown Historic District. Lighting of the Christmas Tree will be at 5:30... more »
November 30, 2009 3:56 PM
Santa is coming to Acadiana! Get ready for Christmas festivities in Lafayette when the Lafayette Christmas Parade rolls on Sunday, December 6th at 3pm. The 17-float parade will travel downtown to the Oil Center and will include at least 10 bands.
November 27, 2009 12:40 PM
December 9, 2009: "Animalia"
The Fugro Chance Family Performance Series presented by the Acadiana Center for the Arts continues its 2009 - 2010 series on December 9 with master puppeteer Hobey Ford's Animalia. Animalia explores the beauty and movement of whales, dolphins, birds, butterflies, wolves and a menagerie of... more »
November 27, 2009 10:55 AM
Car Burglary Suspects Attempt to Strike Officer with Car
On November 26, 2009, at approximately 11:15 pm, officers with the Lafayette Police Department were patrolling the parking lot of the downtown library when they came upon a vehicle burglary in progress. The suspect jumped into a waiting vehicle and... more »
November 25, 2009 2:51 PM
Victims Held Up in Parking Lot of Downtown Library
On November 25, 2009, at approximately 12:20 am, officers with the Lafayette Police Department responded to the 300 block of West Congress Street regarding an armed robbery. The victims, four females of Baton Rouge, were walking in the parking lot... more »
November 24, 2009 11:31 AM
Celebrate the Holidays Downtown
'Twas the Light Before Christmas: The holidays in Downtown Lafayette are always festive as attractions, retailers and restaurants open their doors to the Christmas shopper and to those celebrating the season. This year, the Downtown area focuses on the many events that make the season... more »
November 23, 2009 1:01 PM
Lafayette, La.- Downtown Alive! (DTA!) has rescheduled Nik-L Beer, one of Acadiana's favorite party bands, on December 4, 2009 in Parc Sans Souci.
For more than 30 years, Nik-L Beer has been delighting audiences across Louisiana. Drawing on diverse musical experiences, this 8 piece band will belt out Golden... more »
November 19, 2009 8:51 AM
Filé closes the Fall 2009 Downtown Alive! Series with the traditional November 25 performance
Lafayette, La.- A community tradition for 26 years and a popular staple in Acadiana's cultural and social calendar, Downtown Alive! (DTA!) finishes the Fall 2009 season with a DTA! tradition, on Wednesday, November 25, 2009... more »
November 5, 2009 11:14 PM
October 16, 2009 4:04 PM
After being rained out last week..the weather looks better today for Downtown Alive .
Sonny Landreth performs at Downtown Alive beginning tonight (October 16) at 6 pm and ending at 8:30.
The perfect free event to kick off the weekend.
October 7, 2009 1:27 PM
Lafayette's Boudin Cook-Off will bring together the top 20 professional and amateur boudin makers from across Louisiana and there will be more than 1,700 pounds of boudin to sample in three categories - traditional, specialty and "unlinked" (not in casing). The free event will be held Oct. 17 from 10:00... more »
September 30, 2009 11:54 AM
Lafayette, La.- Three major events bring the sounds of Zydeco, Blues and Latino music to downtown celebrating cultural traditions and community spirit, this week in Parc International.
Zydeco greats, Geno Delafose, Krossfyre and Keith Frank perform at Acadiana Coup de Main on Thursday, October 1. This event is hosted... more »
September 28, 2009 9:46 AM
5th Annual Taste of Acadiana Fundraiser October 14, 2009 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm Parc International Downtown 337-993-3354 Taste of Acadiana consists of several restaurants in the Acadiana area who will participate and bring food for our guests to taste. Net proceeds will benefit the Acadiana Apartment Association and the... more »
September 25, 2009 1:05 PM
When an old building gets torn down some feel it is not just walls that are gone: the history is too. One local man did not want to let go of the historical Mervine Kahn building in downtown Rayne, so he bought it in January and has turned it into... more »