City-Parish President Joey Durel joined Ken and guest host Pat Mould today for 'Lafayette Live' and discussed:

  • The upcoming 'State of the Parish' address
  • UL's recent R&L Carrier Bowl win at the Superdome
  • A gift to the city of Lafayette from New York's Apollo Theater

In discussing preparations for his 'State of the Parish' address Durel said,

To have something like 'Area Development Magazine' pick you as the number one overall city in America ahead of San Jose, California and Austin, Texas...If we'd have been fifth instead of first, I still would have been thrilled.

In regards to the UL win over Tulane in the R&L Carrier Bowl in the Superdome Durel said,

What a fun game.  It was one of those games that you didn't leave early unless you really had to.  It wasn't decided 'til the last minute.  It was a great Christmas setting with all the red and green.


Recently a package was delivered to Durel at LCG Headquarters and he was pleasantly surprised upon opening it.

I opened the box and there was this beautiful red chair.  A vintage chair from the Apollo Theater in New York.  These chairs were salvaged when they remodeled the Apollo, refurbished them and presented them to benefactors who donated a $1 million or more to the Apollo.  While Lafayette obviously didn't do anything like that, Lafayette is where they put together the whole James Brown show they took all across the country.  Their comment was: 'It wouldn't have been possible without the help of Lafayette'.

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