International Acadian Festival set to roll this weekend

Staff reports

Events have been set for this weekend’s celebration of the International Acadian Festival in Plaquemine.

The Water Ceremony and presentation of 2010 Evangeline Maddie Bahry and her court of Indian Princesses were held last weekend. In addition to the arrival of Evangeline on the shores of Bayou Plaquemine, an official Knights of Columbus Mass was held Saturday and then Presentation ceremonies Saturday evening at the Carl F. Grant Civic Center.

As part of the ceremonies, Archie Callais was named this year’s Parade Grand Marshal and received the Gary J. Hebert Sr. Memorial Plaque for the honor.

SPECIAL NOTE: This year special guests from the History Channel’s popular “Swamp People” cable program will be on had at the festival grounds to sign autographs and visit. The stars of the “Swamp People” series will ride in the annual parade on the Iberville Bank float as well.

Also, this year’s festival will include many more arts and crafts booths than in past years, providing a lot more interest for the public.

Here is the schedule of this weekend’s events:

Friday, October 15, 2010

4 p.m.—Ribbon Cutting & Blessing of Grounds

 5 p.m.—Gates Open

 5 p.m.- 7:30 p.m.—Music by:SHORTROUND/THUNDERCHUNKY

 6 p.m. - Until—Texas Hold 'Em Tournament (Sign up @ 5:00-6:00 PM)

        Contact: Jason Leonard: 225-776-2565(c)

 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.—All-You-Can-Ride Special: $18.00

 9 p.m. - 12 a.m. — Music by:BOOMERANG

Saturday, October 16, 2010

11 a.m, —Gates Open —Admission: $3.00 until 5:00 PM

 11:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.—All-You-Can-Ride Special: $18.00

 2 p.m.- 6 p.m.—Music by: FLOYD BROWN

 4 p.m.—Judging of Jambalaya Cooking Contest(ENTRY FORM)

 4 p.m. - 8 p.m.—All-You-Can-Ride Special: $18.00

Afternoon: Stars of Swamp People, Edwards family, available for autographs

5 p.m.—Admission changes to $5.00

 6:30 p.m.- 8:30 p.m.—Bull Bash

 8 p.m.- noon—All-You-Can-Ride Special: $18.00

 9 p.m.- 12 a.m.—Music by:TRAVIS MATTE AND THE KING PINS

Sunday, October 17, 2010

10:30 a.m.—2010 International Acadian Festival Parade – Units to form at K C                    Home on Price St., proceed to Regina St., to St. Clement Ave., to                    Marshall St., to LaBauve Ave., to Eden St., to Belleview Dr., to                    Sebastian Rd., end on Price St.

                    Contact Guy Ruggerio: 225-687-3778(w), 225-687-7069(h)

 11 a.m.—Gates Open—Admission: $3.00 until 2:00 PM

 Noon- 4 p.m.—Music by:LEVEL GROUND

Afternoon: Stars of Swamp People, Troy "Choot 'Em" Landry & crew, available for autographs

 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.—All-You-Can-Ride Special: $18.00

2 p.m.—Admission changes to $5.00

 3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.—Bull Bash

 5 p.m. - 9 p.m.—All-You-Can-Ride Special: $18.00

 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.—Music by:DON RICH(Special guest Emcee: Roland Doucet)