With thousands of evacuees from New Orleans and the surrounding area seeking refuge in Acadiana from Hurricane Katrina, festival organizers believe Festivals Acadiens couldn't come sooner or be more fitting ' or needed.
"We've opened our arms and homes to [the evacuees], and for those people, as well as the people trying to do whatever we can to help out, we could all use a break," says festival producer Barry Ancelet. "It may not be insignificant to note that when [the displaced Nova Scotians] arrived in 1774 in abject poverty and destitution, one of the first things they did was to sing and dance on the docks. This is the way we express our gratitude for surviving."
Festival performers Steve Riley (pictured) & the Mamou Playboys were up in Vinalhaven, Maine, when Katrina hit, and Riley says that when he returns for a series of local performances he will be greeted by a family of six evacuees staying at his home. "At this point, their home is our home," says Riley, who will debut his latest CD, Dominoes, this week. "That's what we do in Louisiana; we take care of our own when times are rough."
The Acadiana Arts Council's Todd Mouton has also helped organize Helping Employ Artists Locally, with an information booth designed to provide opportunities for the long list of displaced Big Easy musicians and artists. Organizers will also take advantage of the festival as a focal point for the community, making announcements from the main stage regarding everything from shelter to volunteer information. Portions of the proceeds from Festivals Acadiens will be donated to hurricane-relief efforts.
For a complete festival schedule, see P. 27 or visit www.lafayettetravel.com/events/festivals/fest_aca.cfm.
Friday's Blogs from the Bog!
Sign "ninjas" cleaning up clutter; NYC doctor positive for Ebola; Ferguson grand jury decision nears; and more national and international news for Friday, October 24, 2014.
We can safely assume incumbent Chief K.P. Gibson isn’t too worried about this challenger.
Nationally, Republicans must gain six seats to win Senate control. The most competitive races, many in states where Obama lost in 2012, remain too close to call.
The Baton Rouge Republican has repeatedly battled a perception within his own party that he perhaps wasn't the best choice to carry the GOP banner.
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Prestigious honor annually recognizes a single attorney for excellence in public interest/pro bono work.
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"I have never seen anyone who worked harder for our people than Sen. Mary Landrieu, so I would like to share a synopsis of a few of the many things she has done to help Louisiana."
Even if Jimmy Graham's production dips while the star tight end recovers from a shoulder injury, it looks like Drew Brees won't have much trouble finding other targets.
A former campaign manager for Senate candidate Rob Maness is striking at the Republican contender's tea party support, saying Maness only sought to appeal to conservative organizations because he needed money for his campaign.
Ninety-two percent of public school teachers were rated either effective or highly effective in a report the state issued marking the second year of a new statewide evaluation process.
School board members Mark Babineaux, Hunter Beasley and Tehmi Chassion can vote to fire Cooper — because we all know that’s exactly what they’ll do.
District 2 school board candidate Simon Mahan is hoping to unseat first-term incumbent and former Carencro Mayor Tommy Angelle in the Nov. 4 election.
District Attorney Mike Harson is showing his desperation by falsely attributing quotes to his opponent and blocking journalists from his social media.
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The governor is traveling the country laying the groundwork for a possible 2016 presidential campaign, but his approval ratings at home hover well below 50 percent.
State District Judge Bob Downing extended the order and delayed a planned Wednesday hearing about a permanent injunction while negotiations continue between Attorney General Buddy Caldwell and the waste disposal site operator.
New Louisiana higher education commissioner Joseph Rallo will be paid more than his predecessor.
The recently established Downtown Lafayette Restaurant & Bar Association will host a special viewing of the upcoming New Orleans Saints taking on the Carolina Panthers in the open air of Parc Sans Souci on Thursday, Oct. 30.
Belief in a national outbreak of the Ebola zombie virus is becoming more of a threat every day, and The Hayride — Louisiana’s one true bastion for unrelentingly conservative political commentaries — thought it wise to share a certain special someone's “important message” with readers Tuesday on what to do when, not if, it comes.
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Elijah McGuire and Alonzo Harris each had four rushing touchdowns, and Louisiana-Lafayette rolled to 419 yards on the ground in a 55-40 victory over Arkansas State on Tuesday night.
Bill and Hillary Clinton are the validators-in-chief for Democrats struggling through a bleak campaign season in states where President Barack Obama is deeply unpopular.
JPMorgan Chase is giving $1 million to Louisiana's community and technical colleges, to help with workforce training efforts to match students to available jobs.
President Barack Obama is turning to black radio listeners to plead for midterm votes, a targeted approach to drum up Democratic support at a time when many candidates don't want him around in person.
Law firm unveils newly renovated 200-year-old building.
UL grad named web developer at BBR Creative