The Erath 4th of July Association is proud to
announce the selection of George Dupuis as the Grand Marshal of
the 66th Annual Erath 4th of July
Celebration. He will preside over the grand parade that will
take place on July 4th at 5:00 PM. Dupuis is a long
time resident and civic leader of Erath who has dedicated his
life to helping the Erath community.
Dupuis was born and raised on the north side of Lafayette. He
graduated from Northside High School in 1968. He is the oldest
of seven children of the late George Dupuis, Sr. and Virginia
Dupuis. His father was the longtime President of the Lafayette
Parish School Board and a community leader in Lafayette. Dupuis
would often accompany his father to political and civic
functions. This began his love affair of politics and community
In 1971, Dupuis supported former
Governor Jimmie Davis who was seeking his third term as
governor. He was part of the team that traveled the state with
Davis while he campaigned. Dupuis hauled the bandstand to all of
the rallies where Davis would appear. Governor Davis would sing
with his wife, Anna, who was a member of the Chuck Wagon Gang
gospel singers, and country music star Eddy Raven. Davis lost
the race, but that did not dampen Dupuis’ love for politics.
In 1974, Jerry McKernan was running
for Public Service Commission in a district that included
Vermilion Parish. During the campaign, Dupuis visited Erath for
the 4th of July Celebration. He rode in his first
festival parade. He fell in love with the town, and decided that
one day he would come back to live in Erath.
That day came in 1985 when Dupuis
decided to start his own business. He moved to north Erath and
opened Ke-Co, Inc., an oilfield construction and environmental
company. Later he moved into the city limits of Erath in 1988.
Dupuis went into kidney failure in 1991. He was on dialysis for
four years. In spite of that, he continued to operate his
business. In 1995, he closed Ke-Co due to his health issues.
Despite being in kidney failure, Dupuis’ love of politics
persisted. In 1987, Dupuis served as Regional Coordinator for
Edwin W. Edwards’ campaign for governor. At age 37, he was in
charge of the campaign operation for eight parishes. In 1995, he
served as the parish coordinator for Mike Foster in his first
campaign for governor. Dupuis was not able to share the joy of
victory with Foster on election night. He was rushed to Houston
to receive a kidney transplant.
Dupuis is a very active member of the Erath community. He is a
member of the Erath Backers Club and the Festival des Famille
d’Erath. On March 7, 2000, Erath Middle School burnt. Many
teachers lost years of supplies and teaching materials. Dupuis
helped to organize a benefit concert at Charlie Field to raised
funds to help the teachers replace their lost materials.
Dupuis is a longtime member of the Erath 4th of July
Association. He has been the concession chairman for over a
decade and has been in charge of booking the bands for many
years. He was also the chairman of the Bar-B-Que Cook off for
several years. As a very active member of the association, there
is very few activities involved with the Erath 4th of
July Celebration that Dupuis has not been involved with through