The Greater Hammond Chamber of Commerce kicked off the Mardi Gras season honoring the Krewe of Omega during its monthly After Hours Event sponsored by premier level member First Guaranty Bank on Wednesday, Feb. 15.
Held once every month for members of the Hammond Chamber, After Hours is a networking event designed to connect Chamber members by providing a friendly atmosphere of music, food and fun times.
Located on 400 East Thomas Street in downtown Hammond, First Guaranty Bank sponsored this month’s After Hours Event which took place between 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. Desiree B. Simmons, bank Vice President of Loan Administration and Marketing said, “We’ve been doing it for so long, it almost feels like family.”
After Hours is a unique networking opportunity that brings local business owners together under one roof. “It’s been great. Everyone’s super friendly,” said Chamber member and Home Instead franchise owner Danielle Munro. Munro has been a Chamber member for two years and credits the connections she has made while attending After Hours events to the growth of her business. “It also lets you meet people from every business sector in town,” added Munro.
A mixture of local tradition, business and fun made up this month’s event spotlighting the Krewe of Omega and its successful 30 years of Mardi Gras tradition in Tangipahoa Parish. The growing popularity of the Omega Parade has had a positive economic impact on the Greater Hammond Area by drawing the attention of parish locals and other tourists. “We are honored to have this kind of community support,” said King Omega XXXI Dale Roberts. Aside from the Mardi Gras festivities, the Krewe of Omega is a social organization that is dedicated to serving the community through various projects.
The Omega Parade will begin rolling at 6:30 p.m. on Feb. 17.