The City of Gretna hosted their annual May Day Celebration on Friday, May 7 on Gretna Elementary School grounds.
R&B singer Glenn Jones, of Jacksonville, was the headliner and Joe Bullard of 96.1 JAMZ served as the event’s host.
This event has been held for the community for over 20 years.
Two Gretna natives Terrill Jackson, age 28, and Terry Frost Jr, and 28, have been in attendance since they were kids.
Jackson does not let distance keep him from coming home to the annual event. In previous years, Jackson has traveled from as far as Charlotte, North Carolina to be in attendance of Gretna’s May Day.
“If you’re from Gretna you must come to May Day,” Jackson said, describing May Day as “Homecoming in the City”.
“Everybody is coming together spreading love, building faith and having a great community,” said Jackson.
Frost’s favorite part of the annual celebration is seeing everyone getting together and enjoying themselves.
“We’ve been on quarantine for a year and it’s a great time to see family and friends,” Frost said.
Throughout the day, the Gretna City Commission gave out door prizes and a group with the Distinguished Young Gentlemen of America, Inc. performed for the gathered Gretna audience.
Gretna Mayor Evelyn Goldwire says she loves to see how much the event has grown over the years.
“To see the community come together and enjoy themselves is what it’s all about,” said Goldwire.
The 2020 May Day Celebration was cancelled due to COVID-19.
This year, the event was held drive-in style by allowing attendees to enjoy the show from their cars.
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