Movies In The Park

Opelousas’ Movies in the Park series will host a free screening of Disney’s film “Frozen” on Saturday and everyone is invited.

The series began last month with “Monster’s University” and will conclude next month with “The Lego Movie.”

“We had a great turnout last month, and we are expecting even a bigger crowd this time,” said Melanie Lee-Lebouef with Opelousas Tourism, which is hosting the series.

All of the movies are shown on the east side of South City Park, 1524 S. Market St., near the playground area.

“People can come out early and have a picnic; the kids can play on the slides and swings and then everyone can assemble for the movie that will begin at dusk,” Lee-Lebouef said.

The movie, which will start about 8:20 p.m., is shown on a large outdoor screen.

Lee-Lebouef said she was pleasantly surprised with how good last month’s movie looked and sounded.

“The quality and equipment were incredible. It was wonderful,” she said.

This week’s movie should offer something to enjoy for people of all ages.

“Frozen,” inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale “The Snow Queen,” tells the story of a fearless princess who sets off on an epic journey alongside a rugged mountain man, his loyal pet reindeer and a hapless snowman. She’s out to find her estranged sister, whose icy powers have inadvertently trapped the kingdom in eternal winter.

The movie, released last year, is the highest-grossing animated film of all time. Many critics regard it as one of Disney’s best ever.

It won Academy Awards for Best Animated Feature and Best Original Song.

As a special treat for younger viewers, Lee-Lebouef said Elsa, the movie’s powerful Snow Queen, has agreed to make an appearance.

“Elsa will be on site before the movie for a meet and greet and photos. Kids are also encouraged to come dressed as their favorite princess or Disney character,” Lee-Lebouef said.

She said Our Savior’s Church will provide free popcorn and glow bracelets to the first 300 kids and concessions will be available for sale from South Louisiana Select Stars, a nonprofit that benefits youth sports.

“If children want a frozen treat, the snowball stand in the park will be open as well,” Lee-Lebouef said.

To make sure it is an itch-free evening, she said the city will spray the park for mosquitoes earlier in the evening.

“Movie-goers are encouraged to bring blankets and chairs to sit on; however, no ice chests or alcohol will be allowed in the park,” Lee-Lebouef said.

For more information, call the tourism office at 337-948-7179.

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