Patterson block party overcomes rainy start
PATTERSON, La. — Patterson’s pre-Fourth of July block party Wednesday had a temporary conflict with the weather. But eventually the rain left and the crowd poured in as nightfall began to descend on the parking lot that eventually filled with dancers moving to the beat of DJ KiddKidd.
“I am wet and soaked, but it’s getting started now,” said a smiling Mary Harris as she moved side to side with the beat of the music. “We are ready to have fun.”
Local performer Don Rich started the community party off with “God Bless America” at 5 p.m. with a few dozen people getting in the mood for a patriotic party. But it was not long before rain started to fall and the performance had to come to a close. The crowd melted into isolated groups under tents or inside the police training facility.
“It was just getting right and the music was good,” said a disappointed Steven Declouet regarding the interruption.
Nonetheless about 50 people hung around and waited, and waited, and waited. Occasionally someone would dash through the misting rain to get a snowball or hot dog.
“The rain is the Good Lord’s call and we can’t do anything about it,” Cornelius Gant said. “But I came here to have a good time and I am not going anywhere.” A short while later his patience was rewarded.
At about 7:30 p.m. a rainbow popped through the clouds and the light drizzle stopped. DJ KiddKidd began setting up his equipment and was able to start his show on time at 8 p.m. for the crowd that was trickling down Park Street to the Community Center area.
As evening shadows crept over the street, flood lights filled the parking lot and the block party was on again.