At this festival, your trip to the event can be as much fun as the event itself. We are offering Bike Rides (25 and 40 mile excursions). You can also combine your ride with a paddle in our 4.5 mile boat parade from Poche Bridge to the Festival grounds. If you don’t have a touring bike and would like to rent one, contact the TRAIL Office at latrail.org.
For more information and registration for the bike ride and combined paddle/ride, go to Eventbrite and look for “Shake Your Trail Feather”.
Shuttle Service for the Paddle Boat Parade
This year we are offering a morning shuttle so you don’t have to hassle with transferring vehicles. Here’s how it works. You drop off your paddle boat behind the Poche Bridge Country Club between 8:00 and 9:00 where it will be guarded. Then go park your vehicle at the festival at Parc des Ponts du Pont Breaux and hop on the shuttle bus to go back to Poche Bridge before the parade. So, when you arrive at the festival in your boat, your vehicle will be nearby for easy loading. The shuttle bus will depart from the Boat Launch area at the park.
Departure times are 8:30, 9:00, and 9:30. The cost for this service is a mere $5.00.
Paddle To The Party
The Paddle Boat Parade is accompanied by our floating Cajun Barge Band for a good-time float down the bayou!! The parade leaves Poche Bridge around 10:00 am and should arrive to the festival grounds around 12 noon just in time for the main stage to crank up. Plan to be at Poche Bridge around 9:30 for put in and a safety briefing. If you choose not to do the shuttle service, please plan to be dropped off with your paddle boat at the Poche Bridge Country Club parking lot by 9:30. Parking at Poche Bridge will be limited, so we advise that you plan to have someone drop you off.
All boat riders must have a life vest, and will need to sign a safety waiver before entering the water.
There is no charge for the boat parade, but if you support our cause and love this event, feel free to feed the Tip Jar!
The St. Bernard Student Musicians kick off the festival at 11:30 at the Heritage Tent
Sabra and the Get Rights play from 12 noon to 1:30 at the Main Stage.
Bonsoir, Catin plays from 2:00 to 3:30 at the Main Stage.
Cedryl Ballou & the Zydeco Trendsetters play from 4:00 to 6:00 at the Main Stage.
Other Cool Stuff
Bayou Bird Costume Contest at the Main Stage at 3:30 pm. Dress like a bird and shake your trail feathers!!
Raffle Drawing for the Festival Artwork (water color of wood ducks by Terry Palmer) at 5;00 pm.
Raffle Drawing for an awesome Wilderness Systems Tarpon 1200 Kayak donated by Pack and Paddle at 5:00 pm.
Heritage Tent Discussion on water flow management in the Teche/Vermilion watershed and how that management aids the boating and agricultural industries at 1:45 pm.
Heritage Tent Panel Discussion on recreational opportunities on both the Teche and Vermilion at 3:45 pm.
Also, lots of kids activities, artisans and informational displays!!
Information taken from TECHE Project website.