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Acadian Memorial Reopens during Festival
Press Release
Tuesday, March 07, 2017

St. Martinville extends an invitation to the reopening of the Acadian Memorial and 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. 

The re-opening will take place with Mayor Thomas Nelson cutting the ribbon at 10am.  The grand re-opening of the Cultural Heritage Center which houses the African American Museum and the Museum of the Acadian Memorial will take place in the near future.

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 Acadian Memorial and the Cultural Heritage Center were swamped by the flood waters from Bayou Teche in August of last year.  

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!

For further information, contact the Acadian Memorial at 337-394-2258, or at our web site at

Schedule / Acadian Memorial Festival and Wooden Boat Congrès

March 18, 2017

9:00 am        Flag raising

                   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       Grand re-opening of the Acadian Memorial

                   Table française avec Mavis Frugé (conversations in French)

                   Wooden Boat Exhibit and Rides for public (just ask boat owner)

                   Storytime for Children ("Fiddles and Spoons:  Tales of An Acadian Mouse")                                  
10:30am       Brazos Huval School of Music

                   La Récolte                       

11 :00am       Théâtre Cadien - historical vignettes en français  

                   Hèlène Boudreaux – presentation on the traiteurs

                   Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site – Traditional Toys & Games

                   Dyeing and Pâquer-ing Eggs and other hands-on crafts 

12:00 pm      Traditional Danses Rondes with Earlene Broussard                        

1:00 pm       Reenactment of Arrival of Acadian Families to the Attakapas –

                  Honoring Bourgeois and Duhon Families

1:30 pm       Crowning of Monsieur ou Madame Bâteau de Bois 2017                      

1:45 pm       Native American Traditional Music and Dancing  

2:00 pm       Théâtre Cadien

                   La Recolte continues

 3:30pm        Raffle drawing

 3:30 pm       Closing of Festival

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