Acadian Festival adds new features for Oct. 20-22

Staff Writer
Plaquemine Post South

The 49th International Acadian Festival is adding some new features to its line-up of fun Oct. 20-22.

Among the highlights are performances by the Chase Tyler Band, which performed at the Country Music Festival in Tiger Stadium; and high school cheerleading and dance competitions, and plenty of rides and great Cajun foods.

The festival will be held at the Mark A. “Tony” Gulotta Bayou Plaquemine Waterfront Park, located at 57845 Foundry Street in Plaquemine.

It kicks off Friday evening with a Texas Hold ‘Em Tournament at 6 p.m., an array of Cajun favorite dishes, carnival rides and games, crafts booths, and the performance by the Darrell Spencer Band at 8 p.m.

Unique among festivals, the beautiful torch lit Water Ceremony marks the arrival of Evangeline, queen of the festival, and her Indian princesses by canoe on historic Bayou Plaquemine at 6 p.m. on Saturday.

Other features Saturday include crowning of queens in the beauty pageant at 11 a.m., the high school cheerleading competition at 2 p.m., rides, more great Cajun food, and music by Justin McCoy at 5 p.m.. The featured performer for Saturday night, the Chase Tyler Band, hits the stage at 8 p.m.

Another popular feature of the festival, the annual Acadian Festival parade, kicks off Sunday at 10:30 a.m., and winds its way through Plaquemine to near the festival park.

The festival opens up as the parade ends, with great food, rides, games, and crafts. A high school dance competition begins at 2 p.m., The Iris Callegan Band performs at 3 p.m., and another featured band – the Ryan Foret Band - performs at 6 p.m.

Handicapped parking is available and a parking trolley offers pickup from parking areas to the festival grounds. For more information, go to www.facebook.com/International Acadian Festival.