Fine food such as red beans and barbecue chicken, as well as great music from the Bunk Johnson Brass Band, will greet visitors to the Family Fun Fest on Hopkins Street on Sunday.
The fourth annual celebration is hosted by Leroy “Bucket” Joseph, the “unofficial mayor of Hopkins Street,” who hopes to put on a family-oriented event for his neighborhood.
The streets will be closed off along Hopkins Street from Field Street to Robertson Street from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. Sunday.
Joseph said their is no admission cost to the event, with each food vendor setting their own price for their goods.
Joseph said he is expecting about 1,500 visitors this year, which is about the same amount as in years past.
New Iberia District 5 councilman Raymond “Shoe-Do” Lewis said this is the fourth year the festival has been organized, following a 2006 incident in which the Iberia Parish Sheriff’s Office used tear gas to disperse residents who were blocking traffic along the street.
Lewis said since that time there have been no incidents with law enforcement and everybody has had a wonderful time.
“It’s an event that you can bring your children to, bring your whole family out to,” Lewis said.