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ENGINE TROUBLE
Alex Leslie works on his van, the Gypsy Caravan, which broke down in Marksville on the way back to Vancouver, Canada. {Photo by Raymond L. Daye}

SEEING AMERICA -- FROM THE BACKROADS
Michelle Kaiser (left) and husband Alex Leslie admire the artwork on their van, which they call the Gypsy Caravan. The Vancouver couple came south to participate in the Houston Art Car Parade, to visit New Orleans and to see the USA from the backroads on their way home to British Columbia. Unfortunately, Gypsy had other plans, breaking down in Marksville and causing a brief delay in the road trip. {Photo by Raymond L. Daye}

Canadian couple's colorful caravan konks out

Around 1794, a wagon broke down and the unlucky traveling peddler decided to stay. Due to Marc Eliche’s misfortune, Marksville was founded.

CLEANING UP FORT DeRUSSY
James Gaspard (left) and grandson Zack Ponthieux, both of Bluetown, pile up brush cut and collected at Fort DeRussy during the site’s “Park Day” event on April 1. It was the first organized Park Day since 1998. {Photo courtesy of Steve Mayeux}

Working at the Fort
JOHNNY REB DOES HIS PART, IN 1998
Ward Zischke, decked out in an authentic Confederate Army uniform, stacks branches at Fort DeRussy during the 1998 Park Day event. Zischke was the manager of the Marksville State Historic Site (prehistoric Indian mound park/museum) at the time. He is currently historian for the U.S. Army Reserves’ 88th Regional Support Command at Fort McCoy, Wisc. He still often wears Civil War uniforms in his presentations to various historic organizations. {Photo courtesy of Steve Mayeux}

'Park Day' at Fort DeRussy helped make potential tourist attraction more attractive

A number of volunteers showed up on a beautiful spring day to put a little “sweat equity” into helping to preserve one of this area’s most historic sites.

REASON FOR THE SEASON
To ensure those enjoying the Easter games did not forget the real reason for the celebration, a white cross held a place of honor at Easter on the Red. {Photo by Raymond L. Daye}

ONE KIND OF EASTER BUNNY
8-month-old Emma Cooper of Effie enjoys her first visit with the Easter Bunny at the event on Red River. {Photo by Raymond L. Daye}

ANOTHER KIND OF EASTER BUNNY
Reese Smigura, 7, (left) and Sophie Moreau, 9, both of Effie, visit a real Easter bunny during the Easter on the Red event this past Saturday. {Photo by Raymond L. Daye}

SOMETIMES YOU HAVE TO WALK
Participants walk around the circle in one of the cake walks at the Easter on the Red Festival. {Photo by Raymond L. Daye}

SOMETIMES YOU JUST HAVE TO RUN
5-year-old Dylan Daye of Hessmer isn’t hunting for eggs, but he is enjoying running in the green grass on a pleasant Spring day during the Easter on the Red festival on April 15. {Photo by Raymond L. Daye}

Avoyelles celebrates Easter

Easter is a season of joy. For many, it is the joy of celebrating an event that occurred 2,000 years ago.

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