Community Entertainment

The 689 Swampers are dancing into people’s hearts

The newest dance team taking Lafitte, and surrounding areas, by storm is the 689 Swampers. The eight members of this fun new group formed because they wanted to give back to their community and have some fun while doing it.

The group made their debut in the Rosethorne Parade and had only three weeks before the parade to get their routine together. Inspired by the 610 Stompers, the 689 Swampers named themselves for the land line in the Lafitte, Crown Point, and Barataria areas and as a tribute to the small fishing community along the Intracoastal Canal.
The Swampers’ original dance moves were choreographed by a 689 Swampers wife, who is a former New Orleans Hornet’s Honey Bee. They held practice once a week leading up to the parade, and on February 10th, were ready to perform! Decked out in camo and orange attire, their performance was announced with the blow of a duck call and began their dancing in tasseled white shrimp boots. The 689 Swampers were an immediate hit among the locals and just like that, a phenomenon was born. The Swampers are grateful to their local community for all of the support and have enjoyed performing at other parades and charity events. They recently performed at the Adam’s Hope Fishing Tournament as well as the Annual Pirogue Race in Lafitte. Try-outs are being planned and the group will be expanding soon and hope to perform at more events in the future.

About the author

Marielle Songy

Marielle Songy was born and raised on the Westbank and currently resides in Gretna. She is a graduate of Archbishop Blenk High School and UNO. A true Louisiana girl, Marielle enjoys creole food, jazz music and the occasional swamp tour.

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