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'Pride with a Cajun accent': Mamou gears up for 1st ever LGBTQ Pride parade

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Courtesy of Valerie Cahill
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Mamou Pride Fest 2022

June is LGBTQ Pride month! And while Louisiana’s big cities of New Orleans and Baton Rouge are gearing up for their annual Pride festivals, Mamou, a town of just over 3,000 out in Acadiana, will be hosting a pride parade of its own for the very first time.

Louisiana Considered managing producer Alana Schreiber spoke with Valerie Cahill, owner of Mamou’s Hotel Cazan and the organizer behind the parade, to learn how this long-awaited event is coming together.

But first, as Louisiana and the country prepare for a potential overturning of Roe v. Wade, everything we think about reproductive rights could change. We hear Click Here podcast host Dina Temple-Raston report on how a 2017 Mississippi case could provide a window into that post-Roe future.

And it’s Friday, which means it’s time for American Routes Shortcuts. Today, we crash a blues house party at the 2018 National Folk Festival, where we hear from St. Louis guitarist Marquise Knox.

Today’s episode of Louisiana Considered was hosted by Patrick Madden. Our managing producer is Alana Schreiber and our digital editor is Katelyn Umholtz. Our engineers are Garrett Pittman, Aubry Procell, and Thomas Walsh. 

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Patrick is the Regional News Director for the news collaboration between WRKF Baton Rouge and WWNO New Orleans.
Alana Schreiber is the managing producer for the live daily news program, Louisiana Considered. She comes to WRKF from KUNC in Northern Colorado, where she worked as a radio producer for the daily news magazine, Colorado Edition. She has previously interned for Minnesota Public Radio in St. Paul and The Documentary Group in New York City.