For the last few years, we have been teaming up with Lanta Gras to provide music lessons and instruments for kids who wouldn’t otherwise have the means to get them. Lanta Gras is a local non-profit organization based in Kirkwood whose mission is to build community and provide opportunities for children through the common bond of music. They have provided over 30 students with scholarships and have goals to sponsor 20 more in 2021!
Every year, Lanta Gras hosts a Mardi Gras-themed parade that features floats and live music, and it brings the whole neighborhood together in celebration. Obviously, things are a little different this year and the celebration will be held remotely throughout the week of February 8th-13th. Local homes and businesses will be decorating, scholarship students will be showcased on Lanta Gras’s social media pages, and local restaurants will feature New Orleans cuisine. Make sure you drive past Guitar Shed and take a peek at our decorations!
Last summer, we held our first annual ShedFest fundraiser where Guitar Shed teachers performed live virtual sets and raised over $2,000 for Lanta Gras. We’re keeping our fingers crossed in hopes of having an in-person event this year.
We look forward to many more years of partnership with Lanta Gras and hope to be back to singing in the streets for next year’s parade!
Check out the websites for Lanta Gras and this year’s parade for more information: