Community Events


Whether it's celebrating local arts through the Jambalaya Festival or non-profits such as March of Dimes, EATEL supports and sponsors a range of events that help fuel the local economy by attracting both visitors and new businesses to the area.

March of Dimes Ascension March for Babies

The goal of March of Dimes is that one day all babies will be born healthy. The money raised supports programs in our community that help moms have healthy, full-term pregnancies. It also funds research to find answers to the problems that threaten our babies. Nationally, the March of Dimes spends 76¢ of every dollar raised in March for Babies to support research and programs that help babies begin healthy lives. Learn More

Jambalaya Festival

The Jambalaya Festival Association, chartered in 1967, invites you to mark your calendar for the annual Jambalaya Festival to be held in Gonzales, Louisiana on Memorial Day weekend. The whole family can enjoy a vast variety of food, fun, music and activities that have made the Jambalaya Festival a highlight of the year. The festival features World Champion Jambalaya served daily, live music and entertainment, carnival rides, cooking contests, a variety of food and so much fun it takes four days to get it all in. Learn More

Children’s Miracle Mansion

Proceeds from the Children's Miracle Mansion ticket sales benefit Our Lady of the Lake Children's Hospital and more than 60,000 area kids treated at the hospital annually. The money donated to the hospital is used to purchase life saving pediatric equipment, expand resources and help local children receive care close to their homes and families. Learn More

Ascension Christmas Parade

The Ascension Christmas Parade has been a tradition for Ascension parish families for many years. The event hosts over 100 floats, local school marching bands, Beauty Queens and Santa with his elves. As one of the largest Christmas parades in the state, this great event is a great way to begin the holiday season. Second Sunday in December, 2PM - 4:30PM.

St. Elizabeth Family Fun Fest

St. Elizabeth Hospital and its Women’s Advisory Council sponsor a community health day which is held on the hospital campus. The goal of this event is to focus members of the community on their own health and wellness by providing free health screenings, information booths and children activities. Healthcare providers, non-profit organizations and area businesses participate in the event. Learn More

River Parishes Community College

The RPCC Foundation holds a golf tournament fundraiser to provide need and merit-based scholarships for students. The foundation ensures that 100% of the net proceeds go to students to support their educational and professional endeavors. The ultimate goal is to expand educational opportunities for all citizens of the region and to enhance the area’s economic development. Learn More

Spartan-Gator Shout Out

East Ascension and St. Amant high school students, staff, alumni and fans gather to cheer their schools at the annual Spartan-Gator Tailgate Shout Out event, held the day before the annual football game between the Ascension Parish schools. Coaches, pep bands, cheerleaders, dance teams, and flag squads all attend the event, along with both football teams, to decide the owner of the “Spirit Stick”. All proceeds from the event will be donated to both schools’ athletic programs.

CCA Banquet

The Ascension Chapter of the Coastal Conservation Association of Louisiana holds their annual banquet to raise money for the mission of CCA, which is to protect marine resources and to improve current state of saltwater fishing for recreational fisherman. The banquet features live auction, silent auction, raffles, great food and fun with fellow fishermen. Learn More

Parade of Homes

The Capital Region Builders Association Parade of Homes is a great opportunity to see the latest in home building! During the event, the public can tour newly constructed homes and get a sneak peek at home trends, design, and products. Visitors will also have the opportunity to meet CRBA builder members and discuss their own homebuilding plans and dreams. Learn More