International Acadian Festival
To honor the Acadian roots shared by so many area residents, Iberville Parish holds a Water Ceremony every year, a re-enactment of Longfellow’s poem in which Acadian exile Emmeline LaBiche (Evangeline) travels down Bayou Plaquemine on her journey to the Teche Country in search of her lover, Louis Arceneaux (Gabriel). As the story goes, she and her Indian guide spent the night on the banks of the bayou in what is now the City of Plaquemine.
In the present-day ceremony, the Indian princesses and Evangeline (queen of the festival) arrive to greet the crowd at the Waterfront Park by fire-lit pirogues. All this, plus the typical festival trimmings: rides, games, music, Cajun food, 4-H booths, arts & crafts, a cooking contest, fireworks, a Texas Hold ‘Em Tournament, and the International Acadian Festival Parade at 10:30 am on Sunday. Kicks off on Friday at 5 pm with a Blessing of the Grounds, with music into the night. acadianfestival.org.
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