Crowd fills downtown Hammond for festivities

The 17th annual Hot August Night lived up to its billing, literally, with rain nearly spoiling the festivities.
However, the night went on, with locals able to walk all around downtown Hammond and take in the arts that were on show. From artists and sculptors to vendors and music, Hot August Night continues to be an outlet for the community to see what Hammond has to offer.
“August in southeast Louisiana always proves to be hotter than we think we can handle, but each year locals find cool things to do that help us forget the heat and still pass a good time,” states the Downtown Development District on their website. “For more than a decade, Hot August Night in downtown Hammond has been one of those cool activities that many people from across the region and across the country like to take part in to beat the August heat.”
To begin the evening, a pep rally for the Lions football team allowed fans to meet new head coach Ron Roberts in front of La Carreta. Local musicians would later occupy the stage in front of the restaurant.
Southeastern was also represented well, with the Palmetto Printing Press having an exhibition inside the Columbia Theatre.
“This was an experience to remember here at Hot August Night,” said Maurice Prevost, a Southeastern graduate. “You really start to see the fellowship that’s here and, overall, it was a 10 out of 10.”
Other entertainment was on hand, including live models and a hair show in Paris Parker and a Hawaiian photo shoot at Lauren Carroll Photography. Others simply enjoyed the night.
“I had a blast at Hot August Night,” said senior psychology Katie Leblanc. “My favorite part was the wine sampling, of course, and the art was awesome. It was a super chill atmosphere and downtown Hammond is so beautiful at night when there is tons of life going on.”
For more information about Hot August Night, visit the Downtown Development District website at www.dddhammond.com.