Opinion: A parade, NBA game, and the upcoming election

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Several weeks ago, I was asked to be a part of the Haughton High School Homecoming parade. My part was to drive one of the Homecoming Court members in my car during the parade. When you have a convertible car, you wind up on the “convertible parade list” as we call it (I always consider it an honor to be asked, I’m just sayin’).

The parade was this past Thursday afternoon. It was great fun and I had a great time! It was so refreshing and memorable to see such a large turn out for the parade. The school and the Town of Haughton really did it up right. Again, I had a very good time and I appreciate the opportunity to play the very small part that I played for this wonderful event.

randy brownAfter the parade, I had the pleasure of attending the New Orleans Pelicans vs. Dallas Mavericks NBA Exhibition basketball game at Bossier City’s CenturyLink Center. The announced attendance for the game was 10,658. Wow!

I enjoyed watching this particular game as a spectator and not as a sports photographer (as we had someone else covering the event for BPT as a sports reporter/photographer). That was the largest crowd that I had ever personally witnessed at a sporting event at that particular venue (and I have covered/attended many sporting events there through the years).

The Pelicans held the lead for most of the game (it was a rather sizable lead at some points). However, the Mavericks came back in the second half and with just a few minutes left to play in the game, it could have gone either way. In the end, the New Orleans Pelicans held on to win 88-85.

The game was heavily promoted by the Shreveport-Bossier Sports Commission. In fact, we (BPT) played a part in helping to promote this event over the last few months. It was a wonderful night and I think both the CenturyLink Center and Bossier City really shined brightly in hosting such a great event!.I left there with no doubt as to the success of this event and I know this success will lead to us getting other such events in the very near future.

Finally, I want to once again mention the upcoming election on Tuesday November 4.

I wrote a BPT column several weeks ago on the importance of this election — actually, the importance of any election, no matter how big or how small. Some very important decisions will be made as a result of next Tuesday’s election. It is truly an election that will have a major impact upon some key elected positions and our future within our city, our parish and our state.

It is most important to get out and vote!

For those of you that have already voted, I want to thank you for taking part in the process and exercising one of our most important Democratic rights and freedoms. For those of you who have yet to vote and are waiting for election day, PLEASE get out and vote. Our future depends upon it!

Randy Brown is Publisher of the Bossier Press-Tribune. He can be reached at rbrown@bossierpress.com