Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Celebrate the Fourth with fireworks, boudin and more in St. Landry Parish

     Fireworks, boudin, zydeco and Mardi Gras are part of the Fourth of July fun going on this weekend in St. Landry Parish. The fireworks display Tuesday in Eunice is one of the area’s largest, with more than 5,000 shots blasting off.
     Make a trip to your favorite boudin stop after visiting a traveling exhibit all about boudin. Dance the calories away with zydeco music’s top stars in Lebeau for a church fundraiser that’s entering its second decade. Legendary backbone stew, fried turkey wings and other Creole foods will be available when your hunger returns.
    Some of the fun things to do this weekend in St. Landry Parish include:
·         Georgie and Allen Manuel, Cajun Mardi Gras screen mask and costume designers, show their work at First Friday with a Little Lagniappe arts series from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday at the St. Landry Parish Visitor Information Center at I-49 exit 23. The Manuels are known around the state for their masks and costumes. Admission is free. (337) 948-8004 or
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·         The 21st annual Lebeau Zydeco Festival is from noon to 10 p.m. Saturday on the Lebeau Church Grounds on Hwy 71 south. Geno Delafose starts at noon, followed by Leon Chavis (2 p.m.), Brian Jack (4 p.m.), Lil Nate (6 p.m.) and Step Rideau (8 p.m.) Admission, $15 for adults, children, $5. (337) 623-5909.
·         Boudin: The Traveling Exhibit, a traveling documentary on Acadiana’s favorite fast food, continues at the Prairie Acadian Culture Center, 250 W. Park Ave. in Eunice. The center is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday. Admission is free. (337) 457-8499.
·         Mary Jane Broussard and Sweet La La, along with Richard Miller and Musical Playboys , perform at the weekly Rendez-Vous des Cajun Radio and TV show from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the LibertyTheater, 200 W. Park Ave., in Eunice. Admission is $5. (337) 457-7389 or
·         Swamp Fever plays a variety of live music during a beach party from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.  Saturday at Lakeview Park & Beach, three miles north of Eunice on Hwy 13. Day passes are $7 for adults, $5 for children, free for ages 3 and younger. (337)457-2881 or
·         Fireworks on the Prairie, a 20-year tradition in Eunice, begins 9 p.m. Monday at the Eunice Recreation Complex, 461 Sittig St. Admission is free.  (337) 457-7389.
·         The J. C. Melancon Band kicks off Fireworks on the River at 6:30 p.m. Monday at Nall Park, 562 Front St., in Krotz Springs. Fireworks, with patriotic music, begin at 9 p.m. Admission is free. (337) 566-2322.
    The St. Landry Parish Tourist Commission updates local events on Facebook at “St. Landry Parish – It’s Gumbo for Your Soul.” Follow us on Twitter @StLandryParish and Blogger at 

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