Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation to host annual spring sweep picnic, car show this weekend
The Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation will host both their 3rd annual Spring Sweep picnic and 15th annual Back to the Beach Car Show this weekend. Both events are free and open to the public.
The Spring Sweep picnic, presented by Entergy, will be held on Saturday, May 20 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., and the Back to the Beach Car Show will be held on Sunday, May 21 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Both events take place at the New Canal Lighthouse, 8001 Lakeshore Drive.
Kristi Trail, executive director of the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation, explained that all the stormwater in Orleans and Jefferson Parish drains to the lake with nothing filtering or cleaning it.
“Spring Sweep is a great event where we do kind of educate the public on their role in water quality,” Trail said.
The Spring Sweep is held in conjunction with the community improvement program, the Great American Cleanup, sponsored by Keep America Beautiful. According to the foundation, volunteers, partners, and sponsors will help care for the areas that drain the Pontchartrain Basin by cleaning curbs, ditches, and storm drains on city streets and rural roadways.
The designated areas for cleanup around the lake this year include Orleans, Jefferson, St. Bernard, St. Charles, St. John, St. Tammany, and Tangipahoa parishes.
A picnic with free food and drinks will follow the spring cleanup for all registered volunteers. Individuals and groups are welcome to participate by contacting Joann Haydel, Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation Education Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Back to the Beach Car Show will feature over 350 custom cars that will cruise in and line up along Lakeshore Drive. Cars of all types will be on display, from antiques, classics, foreign custom, street rods, race cars, muscle cars, bikes and custom cars.
Trail said that the foundation does host events that may not appear to be related to their mission of coastal restoration, but that’s because part of the non-profit’s mission is to encourage people to spend time on the lake.
“The car show is an event where we really just want people to come out here and enjoy themselves,” Trail said.
Drivers at the car show will originate from across Louisiana and Mississippi, and 125 awards will be presented for the best in class, starting at 4:30 p.m. Dustin the DJ will be spinning tunes for the car show all day, and a raffle will be held.
Proceeds from Spring Sweep and Back to the Beach Car Show will benefit Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation.