The Creole Rendezvous returns to Heymann Park this Saturday in Lafayette. This was the vision of the late Ja’Nelle Chargois. The last time I interviewed Ms Ja’Nelle we spoke on the importance of keeping our Creole culture alive. She said, “It is important that we be the authors of our story.” It is our duty to pass that story on to future generations.
I had the opportunity to attend the Creole Rendezvous a few times last year with my children. We always had an enjoyable time. Food, Music, Fun and it’s FREE! Gotta love it. One of my fondest memories of Ms Ja’Nelle is when she won the black pot cook-off with her black-eye peas. It was delicious. She was so happy. Saturday will also be a celebration of the legacy of Ms. Ja’Nelle. She touched so many people throughout the years and made a lasting impact on our community.
When I asked her about why Heymann Park was chosen for the Creole Rendezvous, she gave me a history lesson on the significance of this park to the black community. Hear what Sandra Robinson and Rudy Alfred of the African American Heritage Foundation had to say about supporting the legacy of Ms Ja’Nelle and the importance of the Creole Rendezvous by listening to our interview posted above.
Saturday be there to celebrate our Creole culture, and enjoy music from Chris Ardoin and NuStep Zydeco. Don’t miss it. The Creole Rendezvous is sponsored by the African American Heritage Foundation and the Lafayette Convention & Visitors Commission.