In preparation for Slidell Heritage Festival, the City of Slidell is announcing that Heritage Park, the boat launch and roads immediately outside of the park will be closed in conjunction with the event.

Heritage Park will close to the public at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, July 2, and will remain closed until 6 a.m. on Sunday, July 4. Both entrances to Heritage Park on Bayou Lane will be closed to traffic and public parking will be unavailable within the park. The Heritage Park Playground will be open, but visitors will have to park in the lot on the corner of Bayou Lane and Pennsylvania Ave.

The Heritage Park Boat Launch will be closed at 6 a.m. on Saturday, July 3 and reopen at 6 a.m. on Sunday, July 4. The public will be able to launch their boats from the Slidell Marine Marina located at 36440 Old Bayou Liberty Road by Nathan’s Restaurant.

The Slidell Heritage Festival is presented by the Rotary Clubs of Slidell, the City of Slidell and The St. Tammany Farmer. The festivities will be held in Heritage Park on July 3 from 6:00 to 9:30 p.m. There will be great food and drinks, live entertainment by Witness at 7 p.m. and fireworks at 9 p.m.

This year admission is free, but attendees are encouraged to donate as all proceeds benefit local charities. For more information, please visit their website at 

In preparation for the Olde Towne Slidell 4th of July Summer Concert & Fireworks Show, the City of Slidell is announcing that several roads in Olde Towne will be closed in conjunction with the event.

Starting at 6 a.m. on Sunday, July 4, part of Cousin Street (from Second Street to Front Street), First Street (from Bouscaren Street to Robert Street), and Carey Street (from Robert Street to Front Street).

The Olde Towne Slidell 4th of July Summer Concert & Fireworks Show is presented by the Olde Towne Merchants Association. The festivities begin at 12 p.m. on Sunday, July 4 in Olde Towne Slidell. There will be great food and drinks, live entertainment and fireworks at 8 p.m.

Due to an unforeseen medical emergency, we are canceling Slidell Movie Nights for this evening. We will reschedule for a later date soon.

Slidell Police Department Chief Administrative Officer Daniel Seuzeneau and St. Tammany Fire Protection District #1 Chris Kaufmann join City of Slidell, Louisiana Mayor Greg Cromer to talk about recovery in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Claudette and why it is important to report any storm damages to the State of Louisiana and St. Tammany Parish Government.

It’s important to self report any damages because it helps first responders identify new areas to focus during weather emergencies and gives the State sufficient numbers which could possibly allow funding for recovery assistance.

To report any storm-related damages, please visit the State website at and also contact the St. Tammany Parish Permit Department at (985) 898-2574.

Val Vanney Jr. – Slidell City Councilman District D, 2014-2021

It is with great sadness that the City of Slidell announces that Slidell City Councilman Val Vanney Jr. passed away on Tuesday, June 15, 2021.

“Our prayers go out to Ms. Bonnie and the Vanney family,” said Slidell Mayor Greg Cromer. “Val was a true public servant who was wholly dedicated to his district and his community. He always voiced his constituents’ concerns and represented them to the best of his ability in the Slidell City Council. He will be greatly missed in our community.”

Councilman Vanney was elected in 2014 to serve the residents of District D and was re-elected without opposition in 2018. Before serving on the Slidell City Council, Vanney was the owner of Val Vanney’s Marine, Vanney’s Seafood, and V & A Homes, LLC. Vanney also served in the National Guard and on the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Reserve from 1967 to 1980.

“On behalf of the Slidell City Council, we express our condolences to the Vanney family,” said Kenny Tamborella, President of the Slidell City Council. “Val was a true advocate for the residents in his district and the citizens of the City of Slidell. He was dedicated to Slidell, the city that he loved and called home.”

Vanney is survived by his wife Bonnie Vanney, son Val Vanney III and granddaughters Victoria and Alexandria Vanney.

To many, Vanney was affectionately known as “Uncle Val.” He expected only the best from everyone and had no problems expressing his opinion. Even if he disagreed with you, his no-nonsense demeanor would usually fade away to a smile or a pat on the back.

Rest In Peace, Uncle Val.

It’s the most wonderful time of the year!”

Join Keep Slidell Beautiful on Friday, July 9 for their Christmas in July Holiday Light Fundraiser from 7 to 11 p.m. at the Slidell Municipal Auditorium. All proceeds benefit the Christmas on Front Holiday Light Displays.

Tickets are $80 each or two for $150 and include admission, food, open bar and entertainment by WITNESS. Tickets can be purchased online via EventBrite, but to avoid online service fees, tickets can be purchased directly from Trey Brownfield, Keep Slidell Beautiful Director, by emailing or calling (985) 646-9564.

“Last Christmas, I was overwhelmed by the support that we received from our community coming together to support Keep Slidell Beautiful’s Christmas on Front Street initiative and bringing back holiday light displays that were destroyed by Hurricane Katrina,” said Brownfield. “We have plans to go bigger and better this year by extending the lights further down Front Street and maybe into other parts of Slidell. But to do this, we need your continued support.”

Table Sponsorships are also available for $1,000 which includes a table for eight people, acknowledgment in event publicity, recognition during and after the event, and one full-scene light display sponsorship during Christmas on Front in November and December 2021.

In 2020, Keep Slidell Beautiful was able to raise over $20,000 in sponsorships and in-kind support from local businesses and organizations for Christmas on Front.

For more information, please contact Brownfield at or (985) 646-9564.

St. Tammany Parish is getting back to work!

Tri-Parish Works and the City of Slidell are hosting a job fair on Friday, June 4, from 1 to 4 pm at the Slidell Municipal Auditorium. Admission is free.

There are a lot of jobs available in the restaurant and hospitality fields and in the public sector. This is a great opportunity to connect with employers who are looking to fill entry-level, mid-level and professional positions.

For more information, please visit

Please join The Northshore Collaborative and the City of Slidell for Slidell Mayor Cromer – State of the City Address on Wednesday, March 10, 5:30 pm at the Slidell Municipal Auditorium, located at 2056 Second Street in Olde Towne Slidell.