By ROBIN SHANNON
LAPLACE – St. John the Baptist Parish officials said this week that in the aftermath of Hurricane Isaac the parish’s annual Andouille Festival will have to be canceled.
Parish President Natalie Robottom said the parish struggled with the decision to scrap the festival, which was scheduled for Oct. 26-28, but added that the parish’s recovery efforts in the wake of Isaac, which caused damage to thousands of homes in the region, was occupying the bulk of their energy.
“The time that we typically use to finalize and plan for the festival was taken up by response to the storm,” Robottom said. “We knew that we wouldn’t be ready in time.”
Robottom said the damage to the parish also made it difficult to secure vendors and added that many residents have other things that require attention.
“Residents are rebuilding and taking care of their homes,” she said. “We anticipated that attendance would be very limited.”