Butchery and Balloon Festival from December 2 to 4 in Sorrento

The Sorrento Lions Club Butchery and Balloon Festival will be held December 2-4, 2022 on Airline Highway in Sorrento.

Historically one of the biggest events in the parish of Ascension, it will feature hot air balloons, crackling kitchens, live music, shopping and a carnival.

The group’s mission is to serve the community and beyond by providing volunteer services and raising funds for humanitarian activities.

The festival is the main fundraiser to support the Louisiana Lions Eye Foundation and the Louisiana Lion’s Children’s Camp.

Additionally, the event provides resources that allow us to provide glasses and hearing aids to those in need in our community and to send children with disabilities or juvenile diabetes to camp during the summer.

A delicious Louisiana tradition

The tradition goes back centuries when the Cajuns of southern Louisiana celebrated an old custom brought from their native France and Acadia.

Without refrigeration, they found a solution to share meat between them for the winter. They would help each family finish their butchery, then gather around a fire and enjoy a feast together.

In order to keep their legacy alive, members of the Sorrento club held small gatherings each year in the fall. It started in the 1960s in the Acy region and was a prototype of the modern celebration.

In 1978, the members launched the butchery as a big party, which evolved into a three-day event open to everyone.

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