“Putting people together whether it’s big or small business – that’s what it’s all about.” Keith, Phyllis’ husband Wallace as “Your membership dues can go to –Lou Patin well as Rebecca and Don Landry, marketing,” Phyllis notes.
Tina and Howard DeRouen III and The $500 membership fee includes a cookout this fall, two spots on the float in the Blue Rolfes and Dee Stanley. Those founders, combined, independent parade and a big shindig in May. During the makeup 252 years in business and vary over a slew of parade the costume is your choice as well as what you industry with an aim at making the krewe a hit not just in the city of Lafayette, but all over Acadiana. throw to the crowds. “You can throw things that pertain to your business,” Phyllis says of the parade. “It’s not just networking, but marketing who you are and what you do and meeting other people and having fun doing it.” For Lou, the fun extends from not only promoting and networking, but learning about the unique businesses around Acadiana from a Breaux Bridge business that makes a part used on a rocket to a formula from a Rayne winery that’s used all over the world. “I’ve learned so much about Acadiana,” she says. “I’m all over this town and I’m still missing a part of it. It’s so exciting for me to find out these things. Putting people together whether it’s big or small business – that’s what it’s all about.” Phyllis says it’s also a great way to get involved in Mardi Gras – something that’s utterly Acadiana and not always easily accessible. “A lot of people want to be involved The Krewe of Acadiana held their inaugural ribbon cutting recently launching their membership to the in Mardi Gras but don’t know how and Greater Lafayette Chamber of Commerce and officially announcing the call for new members. this is a krewe for them – very easy and very simple,” she says. “Getting into a krewe can be very intimidating and with this, you can enjoy it and be Learn more about Krewe of Acadiana and apply to join at festive.” KreweOfAcadiana.com. The first event is slated for October In addition to events, organizers will send out a 2 with a cookout downtown. (Check back for more details newsletter monthly and there’s no doubt there’s more as the event approaches.) in the works thanks to a dynamic group of founders. In addition to Lou and Phyllis, there is Lou’s husband
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