Due to inclement weather, Le Festival de Mardi Gras at Cajun Field will resume at 4 p.m. Saturday. The site, which includes a carnival midway and concert stage, is also the destination of the Mardi Gras parades, and although the Children’s Parade has been cancelled this afternoon, the Krewe of Bonaparte parade is scheduled to roll as planned beginning at 6:30 p.m.
Musical entertainment scheduled for Le Festival on Saturday are Chris Mulkey with Whiskey Bay at 4:30 p.m., Jamie Bergeron at 7 p.m. and headliner Marc Broussard taking the stage at 10:30 p.m.
Sunday’s musical lineup features Monique & Mike (1 p.m.), Biscuithound (3 p.m.), Horace Trahan & Ossun Express (4:30 p.m.), Nik L Beer (7 p.m.) and 10 Years (9:30 p.m.)
Monday: Dikki Du (3:30 p.m.), Side Show (6 p.m.), Bayou Boys (8:30 p.m.) and Wayne Toups (10 p.m.)
Tuesday: Andy Smith Band (11 a.m.), Lee Benoit & The Bayou Stompers (1:30 p.m.) and Krossfyre (4 p.m.)
Here’s a rundown of other Mardi Gras festivities through Tuesday in Acadiana (check with event organizers about cancellations):
Krewe of Bonaparte Mardi Gras Parade Downtown to Cajun Field 6:30 p.m. For more information call 800-346-1958 or visit gomardigras.com.
La Grand Boucherie Des Cajuns Magnolia Park, St. Martinville 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Bring family and friends and a picnic for a Mardi Gras in the park with Cajun & zydeco music, arts & crafts, food, fun, refreshments and the butchering of a hog. Parade starts at 2 p.m. Call 229-6173 for more information.
Lake Fausse Pointe Mardi Gras Parade Lake Fausse Pointe State Park, 5400 Levee Road, St. Martinville 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Admission: Free Mardi Gras parade with lots of floats, bands, dance groups, Mardi Gras royalty, the Grand Marshal and tons of throws. Food booths and music can be found along the parade route. Parade starts at 2 p.m. Call 229-6173 for more information.
Jennings Mardi Gras Festival & Parade Founder’s Park, Main Street., Jennings 10:30 a.m. Admission: Free Activities begin in Founder’s Park on Main Street at 10:30 a.m. Great food will be available 10:30 a.m.-noon. Great classic Cajun music will also be on stage. Parade begins at 4:30 p.m. Music and dance following parade.
St. Martinville Cornucopia Ball Cade Community Center, Smede Highway, St. Martinville 7 p.m. Admission: $15, $110/table The Cornucopia Ball is the annual Children’s Carnival, sponsored by the Creole Farmers Market Committee of St. Martinville. Every year the committee chooses a king and queen, debutantes and dukes, along with children ages pre-k to seventh grade to portray the themes’ characters. Every year a theme is chosen and the script is written to support the theme. This year the theme is “Louisiana Festivals.” A DJ will play until 11 p.m. for the children and their parents to enjoy. This is a non-alcoholic event. Refreshments will be sold by a local youth organization. For more information, please contact Brenda Courville at 789-3592, Laurie Verret at 523-1640 or Gisele Buillard at 247-4392.
Sunday, Feb. 19
Newcomers Social Civic Club’s Traditional Annual Mardi Gras Parade Main Street, St. Martinville 1-4 p.m. Parade will travel down Highway 31 (Main Street), starting at St. Martinville Senior High School and ending at Main and Denier streets. For float participation please contact Clara Baptiste at 380-6031.
Monday, Feb. 20
Lundi Gras at the Village 828 E. Landry St., Opelousas 5-8 p.m. Admission: Free Opelousas’ Mardi Gras celebration gets rolling with live zydeco/Cajun music at the historic Le Vieux Village in Opelousas. Enjoy the sounds of Geno Delafose & French Rockin’ Boogie from 6-8 p.m., boucherie demonstration and tours of the historic Le Vieux Village.
Queen’s Parade Downtown Lafayette to Cajun Field 6 p.m. Admission: Free Celebrating Queen Evangeline and her Court.
12th Carnival D’Acadie Downtown Crowley 3-11 p.m. Admission: Free A Carnival celebration with musical entertainment, carnival rides, street dancing, festival foods and more.
Tuesday, Feb. 21
King’s Parade Downtown Lafayette to Cajun Field 10 a.m. Celebrating King Gabriel, who reigns over the Lafayette Mardi Gras. For more information call 800-346-1958 or visit gomardigras.com.
Lafayette Mardi Gras Festival Parade Downtown Lafayette to Cajun Field 1 p.m. Celebrating King Toussaint L’Ouverture and Queen Suzanne Simmone. For more information call 800-346-1958 or visit gomardigras.com.
Fox 15 Independent Parade Downtown Lafayette to Cajun Field 2 p.m. Admission: Free Call 237-1500 for more information or visit gomardigras.com
12th Carnival D’Acadie Downtown, Crowley 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Admission: Free A Carnival celebration with musical entertainment, carnival rides, street dancing and festival foods, with a traditional parade featuring bands, floats and plenty of beads.
Feb. 17-19 51st Cour de Mardi Gras Saddle Tramp Club House, 1036 E. Ebey St.; Downtown for parades, Church Point Fri. 4:30-10:30 p.m., Sat. 7:30 a.m.-10:30 p.m., Sun. 7 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Admission: Free Fri.-Gumbo cook-off, Sat.-Children’s Run & Children’s Parade, Sun.-Adult Run & Courir de Mardi Gras Parade. Carnival and live entertainment each day.
Feb. 19-21 12th Carnival D’Acadie (Mardi Gras) Downtown, Crowley Sun. 3-10 p.m., Mon. 3-11 p.m., Tues. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Admission: Free A Carnival celebration with music entertainment, carnival rides, street dancing, festival foods, with a traditional parade featuring bands, floats and plenty of beads.
JUNE 19 Former Saint Steve Gleason, who is paralyzed by ALS, released a statement Tuesday in response to the Atlanta radio station's skit making fun of him and the disease, this Picayune post reports. What did he say? He said he'd accepted the apology of the DJs who did it, notes that at least the incident has got people talking about ALS, and asks anyone who is burning to take action about it to do so -- by helping him fight ALS.
JUNE 19 Blogger Ian McGibboney takes a look at the Gleason incident in this post. He makes a good argument about the difference between having free speech and being free from consequences for your speech (which none of us is). He also admits that many of us got upset before we listened to the skit -- but lets us know that the reality is far worse than we can imagine. It was the incredibly bad judgment, even more than the actual speech, that probably got those DJs fired, he opines.
JUNE 19 Washington Post blogger Aaron Blake writes about Sen. Guillory's switch to the GOP in this post. He writes what most political watchers in Louisiana know: Guillory was a Republican before he decided to run for the senate seat in a mostly-D St. Landry district, and has switched back now that he plans to run for Lt. Gov. in a mostly-R state. But how come Blake missed Guillory's appearance on a TLC pageant show? Now that is a video we'd like to see. (Again).
JUNE 19 Here's another Washington Post blog post about a Louisiana politician, and it's just plain scathing. Ezra Klein says Jindal's Politico post was "insulting" to the intelligence of voters, and adds that Jindal is personifying the "stupid" he's railed against, by being an "elite" who convinces GOP activists of "things that aren't true." Me-ow.
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JUNE 19 Lamar Parmentel read Gov. Jindal's post on Politico, but thinks it was so dumb it probably was published in the wrong paper. This post by Lamar on the Daily Kingfish opines that possibly Jindal's post was destined for the Onion -- because the governor couldn't possibly be serious here. If you listen closely, you can hear the staff of the Kingfish giggling.
JUNE 19 Blogger Robert Mann posts from Turkey, a country he has visited several times in the past few years. Mann gives an interesting overview of the current political and societal climate of the country, which -- if you're living under a rock and don't know -- is experiencing protests and turmoil these days. Mann promises to post as much as he can during his trip, which should be fascinating reading.
JUNE 19 Blogger CB Forgotston says the legislature is keeping the vicious cycle going with its funding of new buildings for the community college/technical college system. Universities across the state need maintenance and improvement on existing buildings, and the solution is to build new buildings at other schools? By the time the bonds are paid off, those buildings will be falling down, too, CB says.
Frank’s Casing Crew, now doing business as Frank’s International, will make its final appearance on ABiz’s list of the Top 50 Privately Held Companies in Acadiana this year, and once again it will likely be at the top with more than $1 billion in annual revenues. The 75-year-old company specializing in tubular fabrication and installation services to the oil and gas industry plans to offer shares of its stock to the public for the first time.
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