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Fred's Lounge in Mamou

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I was born in Mamou, and people always ask have you ever been to Fred's Lounge? My answer was always no and my question was always, what's so great about this place?

So, when I found out we were doing special stories about Evangeline Parish, I headed down to Fred's Lounge and met up with this lady who told me all about the bar and what makes it so special. For 69 years, Taunte Sue has been Mamou's most devoted aunt. 

The bar was open six days a week, since 1946, but when her beloved Fred, founder and father of her two children passed away, it was closing time...sort of.

In 1996, Governor Mike Foster helped to celebrate 50 years with the unveiling of this marker. The following year, it was sold to David Guillory, who kept sue as a manager. Same scenario in 2001, when it was sold to David's brother Steve. Alex Fontenot, Steve's nephew has been working here for three years. How could you not smile?

With Sue giving away hugs and kisses, dancing away, despite having broke a hip just two months ago and drinking hot damn straight from a side holster? Ok, so maybe it's not all Sue that people come from all over the world to see. Maybe it's to grab one of their infamous bloody marys at seven in the morning?

Live music from acts like Don Fontenot and Jamie Begeron broadcasts on KVPI but it's the live experience that keeps folks coming back. This is not a Mamou thing or even a Louisiana thing.
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