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State of Louisiana
City of St. Martinville
News Release
Friday, February 10, 2017

Acadian Memorial celebrates Festival and Bicentennial

St. Martinville -  Please join us as we celebrate the 13th annual Acadian Memorial Heritage Festival and Wooden Boat Congrès and St. Martinville’s Bicentennial on March 18, 2017 in and around the Acadian Memorial and the Bayou Teche.  Food, music, arts and crafts, theater, demonstrations, children’s activities and workshops continue from 9am to 4pm in Evangeline Oak Park on Bayou Teche in downtown St. Martinville  The event is free and open to the public.  

To celebrate both the Cajun/Acadian culture and the 200th anniversary of the incorporation of the City of St. Martinville, we invite everyone to dress in period costume!

Enjoy traditional Cajun food and crafts, while watching demonstrations of how they are cooked and crafted from local chefs and artisans.  Fried fish, jambalaya and cracklin demonstrations continue throughout the Festival beginning at 9 a.m.  While having a bite, wander through vendors and artisans who turn wood of Louisiana trees into boats, bowls and musical instruments while others reflect their beauty in paintings and offer other hand crafted items.

And we have music and dancing, of course!  La Récolte takes the stage at 10am and then again in the afternoon.  Around noon, Earlène Broussard teaches traditional round dances. 

The Acadians arrived by boat, so it is fitting that the day begins with a parade of wooden boats (minus the motors!), similar to those that might have been used by the Acadians.  The wooden boats will also be on display, along with an antique car exhibit.  Come join us in honoring Madame or Monsieur Bateau!

The reenactment of the Acadian arrival in Louisiana takes place at 1pm on the Bayou Teche with members of the Duhon and Bourgeois families being honored at this year`s festivities.  Welcoming them to the banks of the Teche will be members of Louisiana Native American tribes, as well as la Compagnie Franche Troupe de la Marine, the royal French peacekeeping force in North America.   

It wouldn`t be an Acadian festival without French.  Join our Table Française led by Mavis Frugé at 10am.  Enjoy historic vignettes, learn danses rondes (round dances) and other surprises with members of Théâtre Cadien, all in French! 

Le Coin des Enfants (Children’s corner) begins at 10am with a reading of the Acadian tale, Fiddles and Spoons:  the Tale of an Acadian Mouse.   It continues with folks from Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site sharing traditional toys and games of the 18th century.   And since its Easter season, dyeing and pâquer-ing eggs, a longstanding Louisiana tradition, is a must. 

The Acadian Memorial will be open and free of charge.  

The Festival is free of charge, and food, drinks and crafts will be available for purchase.  Come join us!!

For more information, call 337-394-2258 or write us at or visit us at our web site at  

Schedule / Acadian Memorial Festival and Wooden Boat Congrès

March 18, 2017

9:00 am                Wooden Boat Parade

                             Cooking and Craft Demonstrations (all day)

                             Food, water, soda and beer for purchase (all day)

                              Craft booths and Acadian Boutique - Items for sale all day

10:00am               Table française avec Mavis Frugé (conversation in French)

                             Storytime for Children ("Fiddles and Spoons:  Tales of An Acadian Mouse") and Scavenger Hunt

​                              Wo​oden Boat  Exhibit and Rides for public (free of charge - just ask boat owner) (all day)

                              Antique Car Display (all day)

La Récolte (Cajun music)

11:00 am              Théâtre Cadien - historical vignettes en français,

                                                followed by a presentation on traiteurs by Helen Boudreaux

                              Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site – Traditional Toys and Games and

                                                Dyeing and Pâquer-ing Easter eggs                 

12:00 pm              Traditional Danses Rondes with Earlene Broussard 

1:00 pm                 Re-enactment of Arrival of Acadian Families to the Attakapas –

                                                Honoring Bourgeois and Guilbeau families

                              Crowning of M/Mme Bâteau de Bois

1:45 pm                 Native American Traditional Music and Dancing

2:00 pm                 La Récolte - Cajun Music

                              Théâtre Cadien

3:30pm                  Raffle drawing

4:00 pm                 Closing of Festival

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