with mayor continued:
classic "five-and-dime" sports two murals, including this
ad for Hoyt's German Cologne -- promoted by a toad! Claire Lacroix
from the Rayne Beautification Board actually met her future husband
while painting this one with artist Pat Brignac. [Click
for a larger image.]
"We are in the heart
of Acadia. The Acadians were run out of Nova Scotia and a lot of them
went to Louisiana, so we have a heavy French heritage down here. You
know my last name is Petitjean; that's as French as it gets. There are
also people named Commeaux, Beudreaux, Tibadeaux, all those "eaux" endings.
A vast majority of our elderly can speak French fluently -- the Cajun
French, not the European French."