Joe E. Broussard named 69th Neches River Festival king

Joe and Johnnie Broussard

Joe E. Broussard has been crowned the 69th King of the Neches River Festival.

King Joe was born and raised in Beaumont and graduated Summa Cum Laude from Forest Park High School in 1980, and the University of Notre Dame with a degree in accounting in 1984.

He went on to attend Baylor Law School and joined the law firm of Mehaffy Weber in 1988 and has been a shareholder in the firm since 1994. Broussard is board certified in estate planning and probate law and heads the Mehaffy Weber business department. He is a member of the Jefferson County Bar Association and the Southeast Texas Estate Planning Council. He has served by appointment on various committees to the State Bar of Texas. Broussard has been named a “Super Lawyer” by Texas Monthly Magazine for the past 11 years and listed in the publication “Best Lawyers in America” for trusts estates for the past eight years. Broussard was also named “Best Lawyers’ 2015 Beaumont Lawyer of the Year” in the area of trusts and estates.

Broussard has participated in many different local civic and charitable organizations including the Southeast Texas Economic Development Foundation, Planned Giving Council for Lamar University, Rotary Club of Beaumont, and the Capitol One Bank Advisory Board. He is active in the Catholic Diocese of Beaumont, serving on the St. Anne’s Catholic Church Parish Council, and the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem. Furthermore, Broussard has served on the executive committee to the Three Rivers Council of the Boy Scouts of America, the Southeast Texas Emergency Relief Fund, and as a board member and past president of the Neches River Festival.

Joe has been married to his wife, Johnnie, social chairwoman, 59, for 28 years and they have three children. Eldest daughter Kate was NRF First Lady in Waiting in 2010. She is a graduate of Texas A&M University and will graduate from Baylor Law School this month. Daughter Beth was crowned Queen Neches 64 in 2012 and will graduate from LSU next month with a degree in petroleum engineering. Son Joe V is a sophomore at Texas A&M University studying industrial engineering.

Joe’s hobbies include wakeboarding with his children on the Neches River; fishing and hunting on our local rivers, lakes and marshes; sailing; scuba diving; and snow skiing. He loves to travel with friends and family and winding down after a long day by picking a few songs on an acoustic guitar.

Neches River Festival Parade

For the first time in recent years, the Neches River Festival Parade will be moved from morning to night. Open to the public, the Street Party will begin at 5:30 p.m. Friday, April 7, in downtown Beaumont on Crockett Street and feature a carnival, food trucks and live music. 

The Neches River Parade starts at 6:30 p.m. The route will begin near the Texas Energy Museum and travel northwest on Main Street to Calder Avenue, where it will then head southeast on Pearl Street before ending at College Street. 

For complete information about the NRF, view nechesriverfestival.com.

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