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The Krewe of Janus (KOJ) is hosting its 37th annual Mardi Gras Parade this Saturday, February 15, at 6:00 p.m. The parade will begin on Antique Alley's Natchitoches Street in downtown West Monroe and will work its way through the Twin Cities to end at Oliver Road. This year's theme is 'The Magic of Fairytales'.

Earlier in the day, there will also be a chance to see two other parades sponsored by the Krewe. The Children's Parade will start at 10 a.m. in the Pecanland Mall parking lot, and the PAWs Pet Parade kicks off in downtown West Monroe at 1 p.m.

New Iona Presbyterian Church is celebrating its second anniversary this weekend. The event will feature the Celtic band Emerald Accent, authentic Scottish dishes, and more to honor the church's connection to Scotland. 

Early settlers of Irish and Scottish-descent arrived on the American east coast in the early 17th century. Soon after, they began to establish some of the first Presbyterian churches in the Americas as early as the 1630s. Betty Goss, choir director at New Iona, explains how the name of the church is connected to this history.

Holiday Art Crawl Begins The Christmas Season

Nov 26, 2019

The Downtown Arts Alliance is hosting the holiday-themed Downtown Gallery Crawl on Thursday, Dec. 5 from 5 to 9 p.m. Guests are encouraged to wear their tacky Christmas sweaters as they enjoy their time at the crawl's two locations: downtown Monroe and West Monroe.

This year's holiday crawl will include food and drinks, live music, visual art of all kinds, and opportunities to buy unique Christmas presents from local vendors. A free shuttle service will run between Monroe and West Monroe, so guests can get the complete experience on both sides of the river.

Update: Ouachita Live has been moved indoors to 111 Cotton Street in West Monroe.

Ouachita Live's last concert of the season will be this Friday, Oct. 25, from 5:30 - 9 pm. There will be a pre-performance by Mama and the Outlaw followed by rising country stars, the Chase Tyler Band. The concert is at downtown West Monroe's 111 Cotton Street event center, and the concert is free to the public.

The Northeast Louisiana Celtic Festival is returning to Kiroli Park in West Monroe for its 15th year this Saturday, October 5. The festival will feature music from Celtic folk groups, traditional step dancing, and storytelling.

Festivities kick off at 10 a.m. on Kiroli Park's main stage and last until 7:00 p.m. Admission is $5 per person and free to children 10 and under.

The Northeast Louisiana Arts Council presents the outdoor Brown Bag Concert Series that will last throughout the month of October. Every Wednesday at 12 p.m, there will be a different musician in downtown Monroe's Anna Gray Noe Park at 251 Oak Street, Monroe, in front of St. Francis Hospital. All concerts are free to the public. 

The Brown Bag Concert Series started back in 1994 as a way to bring the community together with music and food. The tradition has continued ever since, and has become a popular event in Northeast Louisiana.

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The Downtown West Monroe Revitalization Group features the Lucious Spiller Band at the free Ouachita Live concert on Friday, September 27 from 5:30-9:30 p.m.

The concert is at Downtown West Monroe's new event pavillion, Alley Park, at Natchitoches Street, West Monroe. The concert is free to the public. 

The Lucious Spiller Band from Clarksdale, Mississippi is a winner of the International Blues Challenge Award. Spiller's father was also a blues player who founded the Black Prarie Blues Movement.

The Monroe Symphony Orchestra (MSO) is hosting their fundraiser, Feet 'n the Street, on Saturday, September 21st at West Monroe's newest venue, Alley Park on Natchitoches Street in Antique Alley. The fundraiser will be from 3:30-6:30 p.m. and feature local bands, food trucks, wine, beer, and soda to raise money for MSO's public events throughout the year. 

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The City of West Monroe is offering their free Brown Bag Lunch Concert Series again this fall for Twin Cities-residents. The concerts take place every Wednesday of September and the first Wednesday of October from 12 p.m.-1 p.m. at North 7th Street’s, Farmer’s Market Pavilion, near the West Monroe High School water tower. The entertainment will feature local talents that showcase the thriving music community of Northeast Louisiana. 

Blast Off into SummerFest

May 17, 2019

Kick start your summer by attending the Ouachita Parish Public Library's annual SummerFest on Saturday, May 18th.Themed "Universe of Stories" the Ouachita Parish Public Library is using treats, activities, a challenge, and even prizes to motivate participation in their Summer Reading Challenge. Festivities for SummerFest are being held at the Main Branch Library from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. with live music, food trucks, and plenty of activities for space cadets of all ages.