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.”