39395233_1849667378448681_6999545937873862656_n2018 ROYALTY PARADE GRAND MARSHALL | JASON BAYARD

Jason Bayard was born and raised in New Iberia. He is the third child born to Cathy and Wilson Bayard Jr. in the mid 70’s. Jason met his wonderful wife Helen at a local nursing home when they were both paramedics. They have three awesome boys, each more trouble than the last. Jason was a graduate of New Iberia Senior High as a member of, “The Party Crew of ’92.” Upon graduation, he became a paramedic in 1994 and worked his way through the University of Louisiana at Lafayette’s Nursing Program, graduating with a baccalaureate in 2003. Several years later, he returned to ULL to earn a master’s degree in the Family Nurse Practitioner Program, and graduated with distinction in 2013. He is a member of the Phi Kappa Phi honor society, Sigma Theta Tau International honor society, American Association of Nurse Practitioners, Louisiana Association of Nurse Practitioners, Mystic Krewe of Iberians, Berry Queen’s Stalk Studs, Krewe of Andalusia, and the National Rifle Association. He is also a founding member of Teche Classic Movies, The Iberia Film Festival, and The Parich Foundation, respectively. He is very active in the community and contributes anything he can to almost any event or fundraiser when he’s available. The very little spare time Jason has, he enjoys watching movies, shooting guns of any type, quoting movies, fishing, reciting movies, painting, thinking about movies, reading, and watching movies (the older the better). He is currently employed at Louisiana Medical Supply, Inc., Dr. Moses Kitakule’s Office, and the Rural Health Clinic of Loreauville. His love of the Sugar Cane Festival began at an early age when his parents brought him to the street fair, and he could only be torn away from it by the parades. He really misses being a teenager and young adult while riding on hayrides through the city, something that is no longer allowed. Jason considers himself one of the top three biggest fans of the festival, and he is extremely honored to serve as grand marshal of the Queen’s parade for the 77th annual celebration.