The first night of Festival International has come to an end, but the party isn’t over.
Reve Coffee Roasters downtown is hosting an after party until 11:00 tonight benefiting the burned St. Landry Parish churches.
The coffee shop is partnering with Soul Creole and members of the Lost Bayou Ramblers to donate 10% of tonight’s profits.
Carter Liles, Operations and Creative Director of Reve Coffee said it was important for the shop to continue the Festival party on night one.
“We just wanted to start it off with a bang and have some fun. We’re glad we can give back while doing that.”
Liles said the St. Landry Parish church fires touched so many lives and is continuing to bring people together.
“We just wanted to show our support and show that that is not what we’re about,” said Liles. “Acadiana is not about that, Louisiana is not about that. Any kind of hate crime in our area, we’re not about. We just want to show love and support for the people that were affected.”
Louis Michot who is performing with Soul Creole said, “Anything that we can do to help and to just send a little bit. Every little bit helps. I know the communities are coming together and that’s what’s important in these times.”
Michot lives near where the fires took place. He said it’s his duty to spread love to continue the healing process.
“Community is everything. What would we be without each other and the community. Especially for something like that to happen, anyone who’s put in that situation I think needs a helping hand from the people around them,” said Michot.