LAFAYETTE, La. (KLFY) — This weekend hundreds of individuals will flock to Downtown Lafayette to take in all the things the 33rd annual Pageant Worldwide de Louisiane has to supply.
And there’s sure issues which assist to maintain the Pageant free annually.
“Pageant Worldwide is admittedly particular in my view, as a result of it’s a neighborhood pushed occasion, so it actually takes an entire village to place Pageant on,” mentioned Carly Viator, Advertising and marketing Coordinator for Pageant Worldwide.
Hundreds of individuals from completely different elements of the nation and world flock to Lafayette annually for the music competition.
“It’s my first yr volunteering, and it’s actually enjoyable and thrilling.I’ve met a number of individuals, there’s individuals from Canada and Illinois and Phoenix, Arizona. it’s type of loopy however numerous enjoyable,” mentioned Elizabeth Taylor, a volunteer at Pageant Worldwide this yr.
From the notorious competition pins, posters, shirts, hats, you identify it…
The merchandise together with drink gross sales and extra, is admittedly what helps the Pageant exist.
“We elevate over $1.5 million a yr to place Pageant on and the massive a part of that’s the merchandise gross sales. So I all the time attempt to inform individuals to swing by and present your help,” mentioned Viator.
This yr’s orangish pin was designed by native artist Cody Chamberlain.
The Pageant will even have pins from earlier years on the Classic Sales space.
“Yeah my pin… I bought my pin simply because the Pageant is free. That is how we maintain the Pageant free, apart from all of the sponsors,” mentioned Andrew Breaux, a neighborhood.
“It’s (the pin) extraordinarily inventive, and really consultant of Lafayette as an entire as a result of it’s a really artsy city,” mentioned Taylor.
This yr, 50 cents of every pin bought goes to Ronald McDonald Home Charities.
“So we type of needed to discover a approach to give again.
The Ronald McDonald homes assist a few of us out and our households out, and it’s a good way to provide again. So that you’re supporting not solely Pageant Worldwide however a fantastic trigger,” mentioned Viator.
To buy any merchandise, drinks or meals at Pageant Worldwide, be sure to add cash to the Pageant Worldwide wristband to take action, through money or bank cards.