Bruce Foods President Si Brown will serve as Co-Grand Marshal with Governor Edwards along with Oak Grove native and bestselling author Leo Honeycutt.
"Excited is not a strong enough word to describe our feelings," West Carroll Chamber Special Events Coordinator Adam Holland said. "I have known the Governor since I was a child and met him at the first LMA convention I went to during my dad's (Jim Holland) first term on the city council. No Governor since Huey P. Long has done as much for the state and especially north Louisiana farm families as did EWE during his four terms. Having him and the head of the state's largest sweet potato food company is truly an honor."
The charismatic four-term Governor of Louisiana will also give one of his trademark speeches and sign books shortly after the parade. He and President Si Brown will make brief remarks at the Downtown Courtyard, located between Jack's Jewelry and the Drug Store. Brown will address the future of Louisiana's sweet potato industry. This will mark the first time the 85-year-old former governor has lead a festival and parade in north Louisiana in 20 years. Not only has Governor Edwards' biography written by Honeycutt become the biggest bestseller in state history, Edwards and wife Trina are also the subject of a national reality show premiering this summer on the A&E Network. The show called "The Governor's Wife" tentatively has been scheduled to air immediately following cable sensation "Duck Dynasty."
"I am so excited to return to see my friends in West Carroll Parish," says the former governor. "Of course, at 85 I'm excited to be anywhere. And I've made it this long because I've been eating West Carroll sweet potatoes all my life, skin and all. They're that good. They were a staple in the mansion."