Schedule set for 54th annual International Acadian Festival

Staff Report
Plaquemine Post South

The countdown is at three weeks for the 54th annual International Acadian Festival, which will run Oct. 28 through 30 at Mark A. “Tony” Gulotta Bayou Plaquemine Waterfront Park.

A midway of carnival rides will light up the night sky along Bayou Plaquemine Oct. 28-30 during the 54th annual International Acadian Festival.

The festival is sponsored by Knights of Columbus Council No. 970, which has sponsored the event since its inception as “The Cajun Festival” in 1969.

Here is a rundown of this year’s festivities:

Friday, Oct. 28

  • 11 a.m.- 1 p.m.: Festivities exclusively for parishwide special needs children
  • 5 p.m. – The opening evening festivities will kick off with the blessing of the grounds
  • 6 p.m. – Rides /crafts/food booths will open immediately after the blessing. For information on crafts booth, contact Jimmy Hebert at (225) 776-2895
  • 5-6 p.m. – A Texas Hold ‘Em Tournament will start at 6 p.m., following registration at 5 p.m.. Entry is $60, which includes one rebuy. For sign-up, contact Jason Leonard at (225) 776-2565
  • 6 p.m. – “All You Can Ride” bracelets will enable festivalgoers to enjoy the midway without tickets for $25 a person.
  • 8-11 p.m. – Music by Fair Play

Saturday, Oct. 29

  • 11 a.m.: Rides/crafts/food booths open
  • 11 a.m.-3 p.m.: “All You Can Ride” bracelets, $25.
  • 10:30 a.m.: ACL-sanctioned Cornhole Tournament Contact Kynan White at 225-937-0016 for details and/or registration.
  • Noon – 5 p.m.: Cookoff, with $500 going to the first-place winner. Contact Joe Richard at 225-937-0016 for details and/or registration.
  • 3-7 p.m.: “All You Can Ride” bracelets, $25.00.
  • 5-8 p.m.: Music by Justin McCoy
  • 6 p.m.: Presentation of 2022 Parade Marshals, Evangeline and the Princesses on Bayou Plaquemine.
  • 7-11 p.m.: “All You Can Ride” bracelets, $25.00.
  • 8–11 p.m.: Music by Justin Cornett Band

Sunday, Oct. 30

  • 10:30 a.m. – International Acadian Festival Parade (Route from Carl F. Grant Civic Center, down La. 75 to Eden Street/La. 1, and ending at Main Street). Parade participation is open to marching groups, dance groups, bands, Boy Scouts/Girls Scouts, businesses and political candidates. For more information, contact Guy Ruggerio at (225) 687-3778 (work) or (225) 268-2533 (cell)
  • Kid’s Cookoff – Drop of at festival grounds, 8 a.m.-9 a.m., awards announced at 1 p.m. For more details, contact Joe Richard at (225) 326-8725.
  • Noon – Rides/crafts/food booths open
  • Noon-4 p.m. – “All You Can Ride” bracelet, $25.00.
  • Noon – Saints/Raiders game on three TVs in sports bar.
  • 2-6 p.m. – Music by Rockin’ Mozart Band
  • 4-6 p.m. – “All You Can Ride” Bracelet: $25.00
  • 6-9 p.m. – Music by Travis Thibodeaux