Kenner was notified in March that it had been designated by state officials as the 36th Main Street Community in the state. City officials have been working toward the Main Street designation for more than seven years. Louisiana's Main Street program was created to re-energize and
promote historic neighborhood commercial districts all across the state that had become neglected and all but dormant. That trend is now reversing and residents and officials are re-discovering and embracing hese areas as the core of their communities.
Kenner's Heritage Park, stroll down beautifully landscaped walkways, pass replicas of buildings such as a turn-of-the-century packing shed, ice house, traditional blacksmith shop, and a 1930's era gas station.
The beautiful pond and covered bridge adjacent to the replica of St. Mary's Church, the first Catholic church in Kenner, (pictured above) are a lovely addition to this park's historic display.
Heritage Park is open to the general public on Saturdays from 11am-3pm during the Rivertown Museums regular hours of operation unless otherwise reserved for a private function.
St. Mary's Church is the first catholic church in Kenner and Jefferson Parish with its history dating back to at least 1868.The church was the center of all missionary activity in what was then known as the Florida Parishes and all areas upriver as far as 17 miles. The Religious Sisters of Mercy began staffing a school in 1928 with enrollment peaking in the mid 1950's (Presently Our Lady of Perpetual Help School and Parish).
Many of Kenner's older generation are of Italian descent. The feast of St. Rosalia is a traditional event celebrated the first Sunday in September. St. Rosalia is the patroness saint of Palermo, Italy; revered by Sicilians for having stopped the pestilence that visited the island in the 1600's. In 1899 an anthrax plague, locally known as charbon, threatened to wipe-out Kenner livestock. The residents of Kenner made a pledge to St. Rosalia to stop the plague. Since then, each September hundreds of the St. Rosalia Society march through Kenner's Rivertown carrying banners and statues of St. Rosalia. The feeling is best expressed in the tribute to St. Rosalia: "We hold her in the chapel of our hearts".
Let us entertain you...Theatre 13 of New Orleans' Rivertown Theatres for the Performing Arts opened it's 2012-2013 season in September and has a season filled with great performances.
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The Castle Theatre is a venue that will promote all patrons to experience a night of Grade A entertainment whichever show they attend. The theatre has an enticing and welcoming patio which encourages an atmosphere for adults to relax, and have a night out. The space offers plenty of parking in Rivertown.