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Zachary Maypole Celebration and HugYourPeople Park Dedication

Posted by zachary on April 17, 2019

Zachary Maypole Celebration and HugYourPeople Park Dedication

The Zachary Maypole Celebration, in conjunction with the HugYourPeople Park Dedication will be held on Saturday, May 18th, from 9 a.m. to noon at the new community park located at Lee and Virginia. The park serves as an entrance into the Zachary Village on Virginia Street.  The public is invited to attend the ceremonial groundbreaking of The HugYourPeople Park, which will begin at 9 a.m.  Entertainment will be provided throughout the event by the Music Tree Prep School. The Maypole Dance, a ceremonial folk dance performed around a tall pole garlanded with ribbons will be held on the hour by Pulse Dance Studio dancers, with opportunities to learn the intricate pole weaving.

In addition to entertainment, approximately 25 arts/crafts vendors will be selling everything from jewelry to vegetable plants.  Your children are invited to participate in hands-on activities such as take-home canvas painting, flower plantings, sidewalk chalk paintings, face painting, balloon sculpting, outdoor games, sack races, magic acts, soap carving, old fashioned cakewalks and more!  

We welcome you to come explore our new bright colored train themed playground and enjoy a fun-filled day, while remembering those whose lives were tragically lost in our community. The park is in memory of Joseph Hemba, Madeline Hemba and Darin Vince, who perished in a boating accident in 2018, Veronica Waldrop, who died of cancer in 2017 and Police Officer and Fireman, Chris Lawton, the first police officer to die in the line of duty in 2018. 

Jambalaya lunch will be sold and CC’s will be attendance, offering coffee and pastries.

The City of Zachary and the HugYourPeople Committee would like to thank the community first and foremost for their overwhelming support of the park.  The playground park equipment and its amenities were purchased through fundraisers and the generous city partnerships of The Zachary Charity League, The Rotary Club of Zachary, The Kiwanis Club of Zachary, Farm Bureau Insurance, Armco Electric and those who participated in the engraved brick campaign.

Parking for the event will be at the City Annex Parking lot on Main Street or St. John The Baptist Catholic Church on Lee Street. Roads leading up to the park on Lee Street and Main will be blocked starting at 7 am. 

“We hope the new park will provide families safe access to quality park facilities and further enhance our beautiful Zachary Historic Village, while serving as a lasting remembrance to those who tragically lost their lives in our community,” says Mayor David Amrhein. 

Click here for the Arts and Crafts Vendor Application