By ADAM LAU
Published: Feb 13, 2011
Julia Hawkins, 95, leads her Birthday Bikes Mardi Gras Parade Saturday in University Acres subdivision. Julia was being honored not only because Saturday was her birthday, but also for her achievements as a gold medalist in national Senior Olympics biking competition. ‘She’s the little old lady that rides her bike every day,’ says Julia’s daughter, Margaret Matens. Fifty years ago, Julia, one of the original settlers of University Acres in Baton Rouge, initiated a project to plant flowering cherry trees throughout University Acres and up and down Highland Road. The trees, 1,000 or so of them, are blooming now.