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.
Local and state agents Thursday night raided The Keg, the popular college bar located in the area known as The Strip, leading to the (at least) temporary closure of the venue.
Here's your daily look at late-breaking national and international news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Friday, April 18, 2014:
Friday's Blogs from the Bog!
Time and time again, the Lafayette Parish School Board shows an overwhelming tendency toward idiocy, but Wednesday night’s contentious discussion over Northside High School’s teen mother program tops the list of dumb discussions.
C & C Technologies, HIT Fitness, R3 Sciences, the Acadiana Symphony Association and the United Way of Acadiana recognized for innovation.
“The accomplishment of this goal within the next ten years is not only critical for the region to effectively compete with other regions for residents and businesses, but also to provide an amenity for everyone in Acadiana to enjoy.”
Education Superintendent John White says a continued push to try to keep Louisiana from using tests associated with the Common Core education standards are creating "a state of chaos" for public school teachers.
The Acadiana Symphony Orchestra has decided to end its traditional Independence Day spectacular known as Red White & Boom.
Under the deal, Teche shareholders would get 1.162 shares of IberiaBank for each share of Teche stock.
Gov. Bobby Jindal's plan to use $210 million in surplus and one-time money to help balance next year's budget received the backing Thursday of the State Bond Commission, support that was needed for the maneuver to work.
Acadiana's nightlife guide.
State wildlife and fisheries agents have arrested a 39-year-old man accused of stealing crawfish.
An East Feliciana Parish lawmaker has jettisoned his proposal to make it harder for a condemned prisoner to appeal a death sentence.
Senators advanced a proposal Wednesday that would let the governor remove New Orleans-area levee board members for violating what he considers to be public policy, despite concerns it would introduce political meddling into state flood protection.
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Dave Perkins, LCG Comp Plan honored along with local architects and designers at the 2014 INDesign Awards
Greg Manuel’s Lafayette-based residential development company is taking advantage of exponential industrial growth in Lake Charles.
Longtime Lafayette retailer ventures online.
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Thanks to cutting-edge digital technology, more and more consumers are banking on ATMs and mobile phones.
Regional bank bids farewell to Downtown May 30
ABiz takes a look back at the most noteworthy moments for the local banking industry over the last year.
Most experts say short-term interest rates will be unchanged through 2014, but long-term rates are inching up.
Largest recruitment event in Acadiana returns May 21 to the Cajundome Convention Center
A lawyer’s ad should only be a starting point, as there is much more to consider when seeking quality representation.
Thanks to the inaugural 2012 INNOV8, a design for lifting heavy objects was brought to market.
The annual juried competition recognizes excellence in architecture, interior design and historic preservation in Lafayette and the five surrounding parishes.
Cypress Bayou GM hosts open house.
New hires, promotions, transfers in Acadiana business
The scion of a landmark Four Corners restaurant climbs back into Lafayette’s culinary scene as franchisee for a popular burger chain.