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Maifest Spring Stroll in Old Gretna

The weather was perfect on May 13th when Gretna held their Maifest Spring Stroll, an event in which vendors line up along Huey P. Long Avenue in Gretna to sell everything from arts and crafts to plants and food. The City of Gretna hosted Maifest as a sort of pre-Mother’s Day celebration in collaboration with the German-American Cultural Center located at 519 Huey P. Long Avenue in Gretna.

Vendors lined the neutral ground selling wares such as door hangers, homemade birdhouses, ornaments, t shirts, small paintings, jewelry, sea shell art, yard furniture and much more. The farmers market was also open so that people could stop in and purchase fruits and vegetables freshly grown by local farmers, honey, cheese, eggs, pickles, candy, boudin, bread and other goodies such as jambalaya and hot sauce.

Because this event was put together by the German-American cultural center, there was a delightful German presence at the fest. There was Maypoles adorned with colorful ribbons that blew in the breeze, German dancing, German food such as yummy bratwurst and plenty of beer to go around. I particularly enjoyed the German band that played traditional music and kept the party flowing well into the afternoon.

Festivals like this are a fairly regular thing on the Westbank and a great opportunity for neighbors and visitors to get together and have a good time. Keep an eye on the calendar for when another event like this will be happening in Gretna.

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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