PAnews.com, Port Arthur, Texas

Port Arthur

October 12, 2013

SLIDESHOW: CavOilcade Parade showcases area royalty, students

PORT ARTHUR —

Photos by Clarissa Blanco

 

Clusters of people lined Procter Street to get a glimpse at royalty, collect some candy and cheer on family and friends during this year’s cavOILcade Parade on Saturday.

Ariana Francois, who earned the 2009 CavOilcade Miss Photogenic title, and her mother Germaine Francois and family members Jayla Clay, 6, Jacory Davis, 5, and Jacoby Davis, 7, waited patiently near the pavilion. The boys held on to plastic bags while Jayla sported a Halloween pail in hopes of catching some candy. The family attends the annual parade every chance they get.

“I try to make it every year, if I’m not working,” Germaine Francois said with a smile.

Down the block Cindy Kennerly waited for her daughter, cavOilcade Princess Raven Sinegal along with Cynthia Scott whose daughter Lauryn Scott was also a princess in the pageant. Across the street another group waited in front of the Aurora Building. Carrie Ray, whose daughter is princess Jekera Hebert, chatted with Tamika Jones whose son, Dekovin Antoine, was Hebert’s escort at the pageant.

“We’re excited, they’re seniors,” Jones, wearing a Memorial High School spirit shirt, said with a laugh.

Destany Roy was waiting to get a glimpse of her daughter, Kennedy Proctor, who came riding by later with classmates from Dick Dowling Elementary School.

Port Arthur ISD Superintendent Mark Porterie led a cheering section of his own while giving support to the many students taking part in the parade. A Port Arthur native, Porterie wants to see cavOilcade brought back to its former glory.

“We have been working with Pam Trosclair CavOilcade director) on ideas we have in order to strengthen CavOilcade activities next year,” Porterie said. “We understand it is a Port Arthur event and want it to be festive for our children.”

Porterie remembers when CavOilcade was a much larger event that featured not only the scholarship pageant, style show, hat breakfast and parade but a carnival, thieves market and more.

“We are proud of our petrochemical industry and CavOilcade was designed to honor the area’s oil industry. ‘We Oil the World’ was the slogan and it’s true,” he said. “We’d like to see the refineries represented in the parade with floats again as well as all our area bands who do so well and encourage them to be part of the activities.”

E-mail: mmeaux@panews.com

Twitter: MaryMeauxPANews

 

1
Text Only
Port Arthur
Video
Raw: 2 Shells Hit Fuel Tank at Gaza Power Plant Raw: Massive Explosions From Airstrikes in Gaza Giant Ketchup Bottle Water Tower Up for Sale Easier Nuclear Construction Promises Fall Short Kerry: Humanitarian Cease-fire Efforts Continue Raw: Corruption Trial Begins for Former Va Gov. The Carbon Trap: US Exports Global Warming UN Security Council Calls for Gaza Cease-fire Traditional African Dishes Teach Healthy Eating 13 Struck by Lightning on Calif. Beach Baseball Hall of Famers Inducted Israel, Hamas Trade Fire Despite Truce in Gaza Italy's Nibali Set to Win First Tour De France Raw: Shipwrecked Concordia Completes Last Voyage Raw: Sea Turtle Hatchlings Emerge From Nest Raw: Massive Dust Storm Covers Phoenix 12-hour Cease-fire in Gaza Fighting Begins Raw: Bolivian Dancers Attempt to Break Record Raw: Israel, Palestine Supporters Rally in US Raw: Air Algerie Flight 5017 Wreckage
Facebook
Sports Tweets
Photos