Patterson parade to roll Sunday
Patterson Christmas Parade Lts. B.L. and Jackie Como.
Parade Marshal Travis Bourdier and lieutenants B.L. and Jackie Como will lead the Patterson Christmas Parade at 2 p.m. Sunday.
Bourdier — who is a volunteer firefighter for Morgan City, Berwick, Bayou Vista and Patterson, along with being an auxiliary police officer for Patterson — was struck at nearly midnight Sept. 28. A vehicle ran into a Morgan City Volunteer Fire Department rescue fire truck near the La. 70 exit ramp while its crew was assisting the St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office with diverting traffic caused from a traffic crash in the westbound lanes of the U.S. 90 bridge.
Bourdier continues his recovery, and the community rallies around him.
Before his accident, Bourdier was an inspector for Cameron.
He is an Eagle Scout who has served various fire departments for 25 years and as an auxiliary police officer for 15 years. He serves as an assistant Scout Master of Troop 41 in Patterson.
Bourdier is a member of the Knights of Columbus Council 1710 and is a 20-year volunteer for the Patterson Christmas Parade, as well as a 15-year volunteer for the Patterson Cypress Sawmill Festival.
He and his wife, Becky, have two children, ages 13 and 14.
B.L. and Jackie Como have been married for 60 years. In World War II, B.L. Como was a tech sergeant who was in Okinawa when Japan surrendered. He was honorably discharged after four years of service and returned home to Patterson.
He opened the first Teche Federal bank branch in Morgan City in 1960. He remained there for 20 years before joining Patterson State Bank.
He was a Senior Olympics tennis doubles champion and is an avid reader.
Jackie Como was a band director in Rayne and Houma. She taught music in Patterson schools for 20 years. She also directed the St. Joseph Catholic Church choir.
Her hobbies include bridge, reading, tennis, swimming and bowling.
The parade starts at Place Norman Shopping Center and ends at Patterson High School.
Line-up begins at 12:30 p.m. Local churches, schools, youth groups, dance groups, festival royalty and civic and social clubs are invited to participate.
For information, call Sylvia Fields at 985-395-4422 or Kim Guarisco or Anita Wilkerson at 985-395-5205.