In 1976, the Tribute to Cajun Music (a three-hour concert started by the Council for the Development of French in Louisiana in 1974) moved to Girard Park from its Blackham Coliseum birthplace. Originally held in March, it joined the Louisiana Native Crafts Festival (then held at the former Natural History Museum & Planetarium) in the second weekend of September as a way to kick off fall. In 1977, The Bayou Food Festival (then held at the Heymann Center) merged with the two, yielding the plural Festivals Acadiens.
The years have been kind to Festivals Acadiens. Lafayette Convention and Visitors Commission Director Gerald Breaux notes the event has rarely been called off for rain, and only once was it impacted by a hurricane, resulting in a week-long postponement over a storm that never came.
But there were always the last waves of summer heat and a dust cloud kicked up from dancers stomping on dry ground. After 29 years of September Festivals Acadiens, this year it jumps to the second weekend in October ' a permanent move.
"When the thought that the second weekend in October might be a bit cooler and more inviting, all components got together and agreed to the change this year," says Breaux.
Every Festivals Acadiens is special, with south Louisiana bands coming off the festival circuit and making return appearances at home, plus the pride involved in playing the festival that did so much for Cajun music. This year will always be remembered as the first year the temperature dipped a little more and the dust wasn't quite as bad, but the food, music and dancing we all love about Festival Acadiens stayed the same.
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That would be Congressman John Fleming talking about Sen. David Vitter.
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Louisiana's higher education leaders are trying to work out a financing deal to keep the state's public colleges from running low on state cash to operate their campuses.
With their latest triumph, the Saints left little doubt about how tough they are to beat in the Superdome. Unfortunately, two of their remaining three games are on the road.
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Here's your daily look at late-breaking national and international news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Tuesday, December 10, 2013:
For the first time in at least five years, retired teachers, state workers and school system employees could see an increase in their pension checks.
Lawmakers and Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration shared a collective sigh of relief with the news that Louisiana's tax amnesty program brought in the $200 million that they used to help balance this year's budget.
Drew Brees often makes the extraordinary look routine, particularly during night games in the Superdome.
The Cane Fire Film Series will be screening The Savoy King, a feature documentary on Swing-era drummer-bandleader Chick Webb, Ella Fitzgerald, and Harlems Savoy Ballroom.
The teams were extended invitations Sunday for the New Year's Day matchup played at Raymond James Stadium, home of the NFL's Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
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Some of the many events taking place this weekend include The Festival of Light and the Fire & Water Festival.
Appropriate for the season of giving, exhibit features behind-the-scenes images of beloved icon.