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TOE-TAPPIN’ LAFAYETTE
 
(2013 - Spring Issue)

Writer: CHERÉ COEN



On any given day visitors will find live music, great food and a dance floor in Lafayette, Louisiana, the heart of Cajun Country.

However from spring to fall, endless festivals and special events kick the merriment up a notch.

Grab Your Partner 

It begins with Festival International de Louisiane, the largest outdoor free Francophone festival in the United States. Bands from around the world perform on several stages throughout downtown during the festival’s five-day span; this year it’s April 24–28. The festival also features arts and crafts, food, theatrical performances, cultural discussions and the Courir du Festival 5K Run.

All thoughts turn to crustaceans in May, when the Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival delivers endless music, food, cooking contests and more from May 3–5. Wear comfortable dancing shoes for the Southwest Louisiana Zydeco Music Festival in nearby Plaisance over Labour Day weekend, where people rate bands by the amount of dust dancers kick up.

Both Cajun and Creole heritage will be celebrated October 11–13 with the annual Festivals Acadiens et Créoles, three days of live music on several stages, Louisiana arts and crafts, food booths and demonstrations, children’s activities and cultural lectures. Like its spring cousin, admission is free.

With so many festivals to enjoy, the biggest problem is which to choose.

Travel Planner

For more information, visit:

Lafayette Convention & Visitors Commission: lafayette.travel

Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival: bbcrawfest.com

Festivals Acadiens et Créoles:festivalsacadiens.com

Festival International de Louisiane: festivalinternational.com

Zydeco Music Festival: zydeco.org

 
 
 
 
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