‘Krewe’ setting a great example

Published 5:44 am Saturday, June 10, 2017

I have often heard it said that an event needs to reach its “third annual” celebration before it becomes tradition. The reason for this is simple.

The first time an event is held, everyone is very excited and anxious to make sure that it is a success. The second time around, the anticipation is not quite as potent, and the organizers start to realize that it’s going to be a lot of work to put on the event year after year.

That’s why a lot of events die out after the second year. But if you can get to that “third annual” occurrence, you start to create a rhythm and system that ensures things will continue to go smoothly in the future.

That’s why I’ve been so impressed by the Krewe of Unity.

Earlier this year, a group of three Mardi Gras social krewes joined together to join the new community organization. But marching together in the parade was just the start of their mission. Already, the Krewe has held an Easter egg hunt, a bike ride and a community dance. And this weekend, the group will be sponsoring “A Night on the Town” on Columbia Street from 6 p.m. until 9:30 p.m.

In addition to helping bring the community together, this event will also serve to revitalize the downtown Columbia Street area. Several stores on the street are planning to offer specials and have later hours to encourage everyone to come out.

The most admirable characteristic of the Krewe of Unity is that it is truly about “unity.” There is no separation by race, gender, age, faith or any other factor. In this modern era of divisive politics and rancor, it is wonderful to see a new group determined to keep our community together.

The krewe has also already announced that it wants the night bike rides to become a regular event. The next one is set for July 8 at 7 p.m., and will get started in the parking lot of Magnolia Garden Inn and Suites.

It’s easy to sit around and complain that there’s nothing to do. The Krewe of Unity is actually doing something about it.