Bayou Vermilion Festival & Boat Parade

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May 21, 2017
Bayou Vermilion Boat Parade
Time: 10:00 A.M. Boat Parade will be launching from Vermilionville at 2 p.m

Dance the afternoon away with Leroy Thomas & the Zydeco Road Runners at Vermilionville's weekly Sunday Dance. Refreshments will be available for this smoke-free all ages show at Vermilionville's Performance Center. Visit the calendar of events at for more information.  Bal du Dimancheis held every Sunday. $10 admission is for dance only and does not include entry to the park

The public is invited to participate in the parade by registering their boat or paddle craft online or by phone (337) 233-4077, starting September 1st. The BVD will also begin taking reservations that day on a first come first serve basis for those wishing to use its limited supply of canoes and single or double person kayaks for the parade. The first 200 participants to register with a $10 suggested donation will receive a reusable ChicoBag® made from 100% post-consumer recycled plastic bottles, and all who register with a donation of $10 or more will receive free entry to the village for the festival as well. Residents and businesses that live along the parade route are encouraged to invite friends and family over to watch the parade from their back yard or join the parade as it passes. Those that do not live along the parade route can watch the parade at Vermilionville, Beaver Park, Rotary Point or they can watch the finale at the Camellia Bridge Launch. A map of the viewing locations will be available online at

Bayou Vermilion Festival

The day of the Boat Parade begins with the Bayou Vermilion Festival, starting at 10 a.m. at Vermilionville. This year’s festival will include a boatbuilding presentation honoring Edward Couvillion and a showing of In the Mind of the Maker by Charles Richard, cooking demonstrations, kids crafts, boat tours, music by Sheryl Cormier & the Cajun Sounds from 1 – 4 p.m. and more. For the first time ever, the Bayou Vermilion District and Pack & Paddle are joining together to host the “Pack & Paddle Reduce, Reuse, Re-Paddle Craft Race,” which will take place at 12:00 p.m. at the BVD’s Retention Pond. Businesses, clubs, families and any other kinds of groups are invited to build a paddle craft using recyclable materials only for a friendly competition that will be judged in the categories of “Fastest Craft,” “Longest Afloat” and “Best Design/Most Creative.” More information can be found at

Venue:  Vermilionville Historic and Folklife Park
Address:  300 Fisher Road. Lafayette, LA
Admission Cost: Admission to the Festival is $5; those participating in the Boat Parade get in free with their donation to the BVD
Phone:  (337) 233-4077
Web:  Web Site