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Posted: Friday, 28 June 2013 8:56AM

Groundbreaking today for 'Al Copeland Concert Meadow'

A tribute to flamboyant businessman Al Copeland -- and a new amenity for Metairie's Lafreniere Park -- gets a groundbreaking today.  

The family of Popeye's fried chicken founder Al Copeland, and Jefferson officials have been trying to come up with the right tribute to the late businessman.  Today, they break ground on a memorial to him at Lafreniere Park.

"It's going to be the Al Copeland Concert Meadows," said Al Copeland, Jr.  "It will be a 40 by 50 foot stage, beautifully laid out."

Al Copeland Jr. says the permanent stage will replace the old concert venue in the park that Hurricane Katrina destroyed.

Earlier designs for the concert area that included a statue of the late businessman holding a box of Popeye's fried chicken standing atop two power racing boats have been scrapped, in favor of just the stage and an entryway.

"This meadow is unbelievable.  I think it can hold about 30,000 people," Copeland said.  "It's rolling hills, I mean, we don't find in New Orleans.  It's as beautiful as it gets."

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