Plaquedilla ParadeMar 1st, 2011 | By Terri Sercovich | Category: news
Feb. 24, 2011 Naval Air Station
Joint Reserve Base, Belle Chasse
Hundreds of screaming children lined the streets of the Naval Air Station in Belle Chasse. Little arms reached through metal barricades for that coveted string of shiny plastic pearls, or God-willing, a chocolate moon pie. Tiny kids, like Alexander Nowicki, left, wrestled with beads almost as long as he was tall.
It was the Plaquedilla Parade. No one knew exactly when it originally started. But Tammy Prine with the base’s public affairs remembers it when she first started at NAS in 1987.
No matter. As it goes every year, the Navy band played, and student dance and cheer teams entertained.
This year, the theme was “Movies.” Different departments dressed accordingly: King Kong, Swamp Thing, Ghost Busters, Gangsters.
Commander of NAS, Captain Thomas Luscher, watched the promenade, and was awarded an “Oscar” for “Best Actor…Portraying a Naval Officer.”