Pictured is Eugene Manuel as he sits in one of the original booths at the Holiday Lounge in Mamou, which his father T-Ed Manuel opened 60 years ago. The booths, which were originally in the old Archway Lounge in Opelousas, were purchased by T-Ed for the Holiday Lounge in the 1950’s. (Gazette photo by Elizabeth West)
It has been 60 years since the famed Holiday Lounge in Mamou first brightened the night sky with flashing lights that welcomed any and all looking to feel like they had escaped to a new world.
From its positioning along old Highway 13 on the outskirts of town to its unique decor such as a metal sun attached to the ceiling painted with black light paint, every inch of the lounge was an idea of T-Ed Manuel, who opened the Holiday on January 1, 1958.