This Friday, when the city hosts one of its Artwalks, New Iberia's Main Street turns into an artists' quarter, with some 60 painters, sculptors and artisans displaying works down a four-block strip from Shadows-on-the-Teche to Epiphany Day School.
"It's something everyone really looks forward to," says Main Street Program Director Jane Braud.
Started by a grassroots coalition of local artists and businesses about two years ago, Braud says New Iberia's Artwalk, typically held just three times a year, continues to draw bigger crowds and more art.
"Depending on the viewers' tastes, I think we'll have something for everyone to enjoy," Braud says.
Featured artists will include wildlife photographer Mickey Delcambre, illustrator Kate Ferry, folk artist Paul Schexnayder, stained glass artist Kenny Greig and landscape painter Melissa Bonin.
The Friday Artwalk is just the beginning of New Iberia festivities planned for the weekend. On Saturday, L'Acadian Art Guild puts on the Shadows-on-the-Teche Arts & Crafts Show, where its members will gather around the gardens of the famed antebellum mansion to display their work.
Just up the road at Bouligny Plaza, line up for "The Great Gator Race" ' an annual benefit for Southern Mutual Help Association. Participants gather to watch hundreds of small plastic alligators, which can be sponsored for $5, race their way down Bayou Teche. The event also features food and live music. Capping off the weekend, the Acadiana Symphony Orchestra performs an outdoor concert Sunday afternoon at 3 p.m. underneath the canopy of live oak trees in New Iberia's City Park. All events are free and open to the public.
After exhausting his appeals all the way to the state Supreme Court, the owner of the Tiger Truck Stop in Grosse Tete has no legal remedy left save one: do an end run around the high court via a bill that would grandfather his “right” to keep a 550-pound tiger enclosed in a pin at his roadside business.
Louisiana poet Darrell Bourque has won the 2014 Louisiana Writer Award, given annually to recognize outstanding contributions to Louisiana's literary and intellectual life.
Drivers would have to secure dogs riding in truck beds while on interstate highways, if the Senate agrees to a bill backed by the House.
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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 Wednesday, April 23, 2014:
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Don't forget: our annual Festival International contest begins Thursday! Win. Cool. Stuff.
An effort to prohibit employers from discriminating based on sexual orientation or gender identity was shelved Tuesday for the legislative session.
Louisiana won't lessen its penalties for marijuana possession, keeping laws on the books that allow people to be jailed up to 20 years for repeat offenses of having the drug in hand.
State bar foundation bestows honor on founder and managing partner of NeunerPate
This Wednesday, April 23, marks the first full day of INNOV8 Lafayette.
National awards recognize outstanding achievement in leadership development and leadership programs
A federal court magistrate has issued a seven-page schedule of hearings, conferences and deadlines leading up to January’s trial aimed at determining how much money BP will owe in Clean Water Act fines as a result of its 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.
“This is one of the oldest divides that exists, and that divide is about the haves and the have-nots.”
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The state’s “greedy trial lawyers” haven’t scared this oil giant away.
Local boutique celebrates all things green
It took a few weeks for the pitfalls to emerge in the governor’s $25 billion budget, but the time of judgment has finally arrived.
With pressure continuing to build for him to resign, Congressman Vance McAllister announced plans recently to remain secluded during the Easter break, but the Swartz Republican has said he’ll be back on the Hill casting votes and attending committee meetings when the congressional recess ends April 28.
A bid to limit the use of unmanned aircraft on private property in Louisiana stalled Monday in the Louisiana Senate.
A Shreveport lawmaker said Monday he's scrapping his proposal to name the Bible as Louisiana's official state book.
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Attorney hopes fellow lawyers will join him in urging the D.A. to step aside and allow a competent, ethical challenger to take over the scandal-ridden office.
INNOV8 Lafayette launches its weeklong festival dedicated to cultivating innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship.
Smaller Microsoft Store installations sell a wide array of Microsoft products (Windows phones, Surface tablets and Xbox consoles) but don’t include everything.
Dirk Powell and Cedric Watson will perform together during an intimate gig at Parish Ink, 310 Jefferson St., from 9-11:30 p.m. Wednesday.
See cutting-edge technologies Thursday in brief presentations/demonstrations from 3rd Dimension Media, C&C Technologies, Cimation and UL Lafayette School of Engineering.
An official with the Louisiana Department of Education was arrested on a range of charges Friday after allegedly breaking into a home and brandishing a knife.