Festivals Acadiens et Créoles, one of the largest Cajun and Creole culture celebrations in Louisiana and the United States, kicks off at 9 a.m. this Friday at Girard Park.
This year’s festival is celebrating the role of women in Cajun and Creole music and the 90th anniversary of “Jolie Blonde” first recorded as “Ma blonde est partie” in 1929 by the Breaux Brothers.
It is important to remember that ice chests and coolers are not allowed on festival grounds, with no exceptions.
Festival-goers are asked to recycle in the LUS recycle bins located throughout the fairgrounds.
Events for 2019
“Les femmes et les filles: Female Perspectives in Cajun and Creole Culture” symposium will take place from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. this Friday at the A. Hays Town Building at the Hilliard University Art Museum.
The Festivals Acadiens et Créoles opening ceremony will be held Friday, beginning with the cutting of the boudin in Girard Park at 5 p.m. A fais do-do will followwith Bonsoir, Catin & Jeffery Broussard: Zydeco Force to Creole Cowboys.
The Tour Des Atakapas Race and Duathlon begins at 7:30 a.m. Saturday. You can register to race at latrail.org/tourdesatakapas.
French Mass will begin at 9 a.m. on Sunday, the final day of the festival, in Girard Park.
2019 Poster Artist
Contemporary Landscape painter Melissa Bonin, a New Iberia native, is this year’s festival poster artist.
Bonin will be exhibiting a series of works titled “Songbirds: Nature as a Metaphor” at the A. Hays Town Building at the Hilliard University Art Museum throughout the festival. The exhibit is free and open to the public.
Note on parking
There is parking available on the University of Louisiana at Lafayette campus for $10 on the gravel parking lot and parking tower located off of Girard Park Circle. Only debit or credit cards are accepted if you plan to pay for parking.
Free festival parking is located in designated parking lots on St. Mary Boulevard, Johnston Street and Brooks Street. There will also be parking available in the Oil Center.
Parking will not be allowed in the Olivier Tower Parking Garage, Taft Street Parking Garage, Cajun Village Apartments and Legacy Park Apartments.
Cyclists can safely park their bikes at the Hub City Cycles bike corral behind the Scène Ma Louisiane stage near Girard Park Lane.
To learn more, visit festivalsacadiens.com.
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