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THE POST-SIGNAL / Desiray Seaux
Among those present for the blessing of Larry Miller’s Accordion Shop “Bon Cajun Instruments” included, first row, from left, Dana Frey, major contributor; Snack, the Millers’ dog; Craig Vincent and Father Jude Thierry, local pastor who blessed shop; second row, from left, Raleigh Miller; Audrey Miller; Joe Cart, Mardi Gras Festival co-founder and engraver; Mona Trahan Cart; Carrin Leckelt; Cindy McDaniel, past mayor; Jackie Miller, host; Larry Miller, host and festival co-founder; Tonya Bertrand, daughter-in-law; third row, from left, Michael Miller, son; Gerard Frey, major contributor; Mayor-elect Cody Leckelt, Sammy McDaniel; Bob Mercer; Bryan Doucet; Kegan Navarre, head musician; Bryan Miller, son; and Jay Miller, grandson. Present but not pictured Quillan Bertrand, alderman of Iota.

‘They danced on the walls’

Thirty years ago, Iota — about 1,300 town population and much more in the country — had only two public downtown events, the Christmas and Homecoming parades.

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