Slice of St. Tammany: Covington looking for a resident who’s stuck around

Covington is looking for some old news. As part of the city’s bicentennial celebration, organizers want to honor the oldest resident in town during the Bicentennial Parade on June 29.

There is a little bit of fine print, of course: You can’t just be the oldest person in town; you have to have been born and still live in the city.

If you believe that you or someone you know fits this description, contact Bicentennial Parade Chairman Larry Rolling at (985) 234-9527 or send an email to

The Bicentennial Parade, which starts at noon at the parish courthouse on North Columbia, will feature the city’s past, present and future by incorporating groups that represent every aspect of the city’s life. Floats and antique cars will carry dignitaries, including past and present mayors and city council members. Covington High School’s Marching Lions, the Covington Boys and Girls Club as well as other school, civic, military and veterans groups, and churches will all be represented.

The approximately 3-mile parade route will begin and end at the courthouse. The parade will roll down Columbia Street, taking a right on Boston Street, turning left onto Jefferson Avenue, right onto 17th Avenue, then traveling up Tyler Street, turning once again on Columbia Street to end back at the courthouse. The giant loop will include neighborhoods normally not on parade routes, through the historic West 20s and West 30s neighborhoods.

Other bicentennial news

The Covington Bicentennial Committee will host “The History of the African-American Community in Covington,” presented by Eva Baham, on Sunday. This historical presentation will take place at Fuhrmann Auditorium in the Greater Covington Center, 317 N. Jefferson Ave., at 4 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. Baham is a former associate professor of history at Southern University in Baton Rouge.

“African-Americans have a long history on the north shore and in Covington,” Baham said. “Since the 1700s, African-Americans have been intricately involved in almost every facet of the development of the area. Their history is rooted in both spiritual and civic involvement on behalf of the social, cultural and economic advancement of their community, town and country. Unveiling the historic experiences of Covington through the lens of African-Americans is an exciting and wonderful journey.”

For more information, please contact the City of Covington Office of Cultural Arts and Events at (985) 892-1873 or send an email to

Sunset at the Landing

The monthly Sunset at the Landing concert will take place Friday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the foot of Columbia Street in Covington. The concert is free and all are encouraged to bring chairs and refreshments. This month’s show features The Smoking Time Jazz Club beginning at 6 p.m. and Kora Konnection beginning at 7:30 p.m.

25th anniversary celebration

Mary, Queen of Peace Catholic Church in Mandeville is celebrating its 25th anniversary on Sunday. Archbishop Gregory Aymond will celebrate Mass at 3 p.m., and a reception will follow. The parish was founded on June 18, 1988, by Archbishop Philip Hannan. The church is located at 1501 West Causeway Approach. Visit http://www.maryqueenof

Theology on Tap

The summer series of Theology on Tap kicks off June 27 with the Rev. James Wehner, rector of Notre Dame Seminary and author of “The Evangelization Equation: The Who, What, and How.” He will discuss what the Catholic Church means by “evangelization.” He will conclude by offering reflections on the role of the laity and clergy in carrying out the task of the new evangelization. Theology on Tap is for young adults ages 21 to 35. The event takes place at the Abita Brewery on Louisiana 36 at 6:30 p.m. A $5 donation is requested.

Karen Baker writes about St. Tammany Parish. She can be reached at