The event will be spearheaded by Darrel LeJeune, editor of The Basile Weekly and a history and music teacher at Basile High School.
Basile has a history dating back to the late 1800s when a community name Basile was located some four miles southeast of the present town site. In 1905, the present town site was divided into lots by its three founders and the lots began being sold for a village originally to be named St. Louis.
When a railroad came through the site in 1907, the post office at Basile was closed and moved near the rail lines and kept the name of Basile.
It was not until March 9, 1911 that the village was incorporated after 33 of the town’s 267 inhabitants signed a petition for incorporation. The centennial celebration has been scheduled for the Sunday following the incorporation.
Any questions should be directed to Darrel LeJeune at Basile High School at (337) 432-5012 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. After 4 p.m. he may be reached at (337) 305-1822.
The March 13 celebration is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. when the food, drink and souvenir booths open on the town’s Main St.
There will be several nostalgic events taking place such as an old Basile High School yearbook sale, the grand opening of the Nathan Abshire Museum and an antique an old photo display.
At noon there will be a Grand Opening Celebration on the stage which will include the blessing of the community by Father Brian Taylor, the National Anthem by the Basile High School band and a proclamation reading by city officials.
The music begins at 12:15 with a jam session by Basile Cajun musicians on the Main St. grandstand. Those seeking more information on the jam session should contact Todd Aucoin at (337) 230-4330.
At 1 p.m. those who are riding in the Centennial Parade will begin to organize in the parking lot near St. Augustine Church. The parade down Main St. will begin at 2 p.m. For more information on the parade contact Rachel Fontenot at (337) 432-6807 or (337) 305-1732.
Following the parade, the music will continue with Nashville recording artist and Basile resident Jody Austin taking the Grand Stage at 2:30 p.m. A Basile Sing Out Alumni concert will follow on the Main Stage at 3:15.
There will also be senior citizen interviews and videotaping in the town library throughout the day at the town library.
In the event of inclement weather, all events will be moved to the Town Park with the exception of the senior citizen interviews, the museum’s opening and the photo/antique display.
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