In the post-World War II era, open land new opportunities helped make Jefferson Parish this area’s version of the classic American suburb. Baby boomers remember a new house with a big front year, and their parents reminisce about their new neighborhood. Rich in history, Jefferson Parish soon was home to indoor shopping malls, bridges linking two halves of the parish together, a new interstate highway, and drive-in theaters.
JEFFERSON PARISH STORIES chronicles the concrete signs of the area’s recent growth, from Moisant Airport and the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway to Lakeside Shopping Center and the Westbank Expressway. Also included is the rise of illegal gambling in Jefferson Parish, the birth of the suburban Mardi Gras, memories of favorite hangouts and leisure activities, and the stories of two notable landmarks: Seven Oaks Plantation and Hope Haven & Madonna Manor.
Other highlights include memories of weekend beach getaways at Grand Isle, and the seafood industry that still thrives in Westwego and Jean Lafitte.
More than a dozen natives residents share their Jefferson Parish memories. They include: actress-entertainer Becky Allen, Westwego natives Daniel and Bebe Alario, WDSU-TV anchor-reporter Alex Gifford, Gretna Mayor Ronnie Harris, entertainer Frankie Ford, Sheriff Harry Lee, television producer Marcia Kavanaugh, and Jefferson Parish Council Chairman Aaron Broussard.
Featuring archival footage, rare photographs and home movies, JEFFERSON PARISH STORIES revisits the recent past of this still-growing area.