Paragon Casino Resort donates a check to the July 4th Avoyelles Art and Music Festival. Pictured (L to R), Arts Board Member and Head of Tourism Wilbert Carmouche; Paragon Casino Resort Assistant General Manager Chris Barbry, Sr.; Paragon Casino Resort General Manager and Tunica-Biloxi Vice Chairman Marshall R. Sampson, Sr.; Paragon Casino Resort Director of Advertising Marie Warren; and festival Co-Chairs Allison Ravare-Augustine and Van Roy.

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Paragon Casino Resort Contributes to Avoyelles Art and Music Festival as Title Sponsor

Donation highlights the continued investment of Paragon Casino Resort in surrounding community

Marksville, La. – Paragon Casino Resort recently made a $5,000 contribution to the annual July 4th Avoyelles Art and Music Festival. This donation will help support the Arts Council of Avoyelles in its mission of “Improving Our Community Through Arts Education, Resources and Educational Events” and will help fund the 10th anniversary of the festival after being canceled in 2020 and 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We take pride in the ability to provide these funds to such an important community program,” said Marshall Pierite, Chairman of the Tunica-Biloxi Tribe of Louisiana, which owns Paragon Casino Resort. “We thank Avoyelles Parish and the Avoyelles Art and Music Festival for inviting Paragon and our Tribe to participate, and we encourage all Avoyelles residents and those in the surrounding region to participate in this wonderful celebration of local art and culture.”

Since its grand opening in 1994, Paragon Casino Resort remains a driver of positive economic impact on Avoyelles Parish and the surrounding communities. The casino and entertainment destination is the number one employer in the region, with over 700 associates currently on staff, and is a source of pride for all Central Louisianians.

“Paragon Casino Resort was the very first sponsor to say yes to the July 4th Avoyelles Art and Music Festival in Marksville 10 years ago and have been with us ever since,” said festival Co-Chair Van Roy. “Thank you for being a proud community partner and supporter – we couldn’t do this without you.”

For more information on the annual Avoyelles Arts and Music Festival, click here.


About Paragon Casino Resort

Since opening its doors in 1994, The Paragon Casino Resort has strived to become the most entertaining gaming destination in the South.

The facilities features an impressive lineup of luxury amenities and attractions, including over 1,000 slot machines and over 35 tables on a 64,000-square-foot gaming floor; full-service spa and salon; 18-hole golf course with a fully stocked pro-shop and grillroom; indoor tropical pool; a soaring bayou themed atrium complete with a live alligator habitat; a three-screen cinema; restaurants; bars; full-service top rated RV resort; Kids Quest child care activity center; Cyber Quest arcade and over 75,000 square feet of meeting space including an expansive showroom hosting concerts and conventions. Over the years, the Paragon facilities have made a significant economic impact on central Louisiana. Currently, the Paragon employs over 700 associates. To learn more about how to participate in sports betting at the casino resort and to experience the rest of Paragon’s amenities, visit or follow them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. To book a stay at the Paragon Resort or learn more, call (318) 253-1946 or 1-800-946-1946.

About the Tunica-Biloxi Tribe of Louisiana

The Tunica-Biloxi people first appeared in the Mississippi Valley. In the late 1700s, they settled near Marksville, where they were skilled traders and entrepreneurs. Today, the Tribe has more than 1,500 members throughout the United States, primarily in Louisiana, Texas and Illinois.

The Tunica-Biloxi Tribe received federal recognition in 1981 for its reservation within the boundaries of Louisiana. The tribe owns and operates the Paragon Casino Resort, the largest employer in Central Louisiana. Through its compact, negotiated by the late Tribal Chairman Earl J. Barbry Sr. and the State of Louisiana, the Tribe has assisted local governments in the area with its quarterly distribution of funds, totaling more than $40 million over two decades. For more information about the Tunica-Biloxi Tribe of Louisiana, visit and “like” us on Facebook.

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