By Kyle Boaz
The celebration has begun and cannon blasts could be heard.
On a scorching hot weekend, the Louisiana bicentennial festival began on the Louisiana High School grounds and will continue until the Fourth of July.
Those in attendance were treated to live music all day from the bands competing in the Battle of the Bands contest and the occasional cannon blast from the Missouri Civil War Reenactors Association who were set up in the field across from the football field.
After a parade that begun at the riverfront and ending at Louisiana High School, an opening ceremony was held at the main stage on the football field to start off the five day celebration.
“We honor the past and look forward to the future. Learning from the successes and mistakes of yesterday we move ahead with our hopes, efforts and dreams as our guide. Our history is to be treasured and it is up to us to make sure it is not lost to generations that follow,” local historian Brent Engel said during the opening ceremony.
Brian Nichols from Representative Sam Graves’ office and Representative Jim Hansen spoke and presented a proclamation to the city and Mayor Marvin Brown.
“I wonder what the temperature was like 200 years ago when Louisiana was settled on the Mississippi River. I bet it was a nice cool breezy day,” Hansen said.
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