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Erath's 85th Annual 4th of July Firefighter Water Fight returns to Vermilion Parish

Members of the community cheered on firefighters of the Erath, Leblanc, Delcambre, and Meaux Nunez departments as they competed against each other.

Posted: Jul 4, 2021 7:20 PM
Updated: Jul 5, 2021 9:31 AM

ERATH, LA (KADN)- The town of Erath’s 85th Annual 4th of July firefighter water fight resumed this year.

Members of the Erath, Leblanc, Delcambre, and Meaux Nunez fire departments competed against each other.

Emily Suire has had a front-row seat to the water fight for the past four years because it happens in front of her parent’s home.

“To see the departments come together and they're basically trying to knock each other over with hoses is the best thing I've ever seen. The kids love it, I love it,” Suire said.

Ronald Broussard is a member of the previous year's winning team, the Leblanc Fire Department. He said normally if you see all these fire departments together it's not good.

“We have good equipment to fight fires and accidents and remove people from cars and stuff. And these people see what we do. And it's just a good day for all of us,” Broussard said.

The water fight was highly anticipated by the community after being canceled last year due to COVID-19.

“Last year was like a ghost town out here and now see everybody here you know smiling faces makes me feel good to see all that again,” Adam Broussard, an attendee of the water fight, said.

Erath’s Annual 4th of July of Celebration is a week-long event that concludes today with a parade, fair, and firework show. According to Taylor Mencacci, the mayor of Erath, this year is their biggest turnout thus far.

“All the money all the proceeds that the Erath was a July association raises it goes back to the community back to our schools back to local, local organizations so it's huge,” Mencacci said.

The winner of this year’s Erath’s 4th of July water fight is the LeBlanc fire department.

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