MARDI GRAS CALENDAR OF EVENTS 2012
FRIDAY NIGHT, PARADE, FEB 10
Downtown to Cajun Field, Lafayette 6:30 pm
SATURDAY, FEB 11
Krewe des Chiens – Parade for Dogs Downtown, Lafayette Parade at 2 pm, Registration opens at noon, $25 registration fee in advance; $35 day of parade.
SUNDAY, FEB 17-19
51ST Courir de Mardi Gras – Downtown Church point, Friday 5-10:30 pm, Saturday 8:30 am-10:30 pm, Sunday 7 am-4 pm.
Saturday – Children’s Run & Children’s Parade.
Sunday – Adult run & Courir de Mardi Gras Parade. Free admission.
FRIDAY, FEB 17
Eunice Street Dance – 8pm until
SATURDAY, FEB 18
Lafayette Mardi Gras, 6:30 pm Lafayette, Downtown to Cajun Field
Children’s Parade – Downtown to Cajun Field, Lafayette 12:30 pm
Eunice Street Dance – 8pm until
SUNDAY, TUESDAY FEB 19-21
Carnival d’ Acadie – Downtown Crowley, Sun 3-10 pm Mon 3-11 pm, Tues 10am-7pm. Carnival celebration with music entertainment, carnival rides, street dancing, festival foods, with traditional parade featuring bands, floats and plenty of beads. Free.
SUNDAY, FEB 19
Eunice Lil Mardi Gras Run.
Children 0-12 years old, run begins at 9 am, parade downtown at 3 pm.
MONDAY, FEB 20
Queen Evangeline’s Parade in Lafayette – Downtown to Cajun Field, 6 pm,
TUESDAY, FEB 21
Eunice, late morning music and dancing Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys.
Le Vieux Mardi Gras De Cajuns, Eunice, run begins 8am-3pm parade.
25thTee Mamou-Iota Mardi Gras Folklife Festival – Downtown, Iota 9am-5pm.
Mamou Courir de Mardi Gras, street dances begin at 10 am – until riders enter town.
King Gabriel’s Parade – Downtown to Cajun Field, Lafayette 10 am.
Lafayette Mardi Gras Festival Parade – Downtown to Cajun Field Lafayette, 1 pm.
Krewe De Mardi Gras Creole Parade – Rayne, 1 pm.
Looking for a cultural experience in Louisiana? Enjoy the Cajun Extravaganza Package at our Lafayette bed and breakfast!
*2 Nights accommodations at our romantic Louisiana getaway.
*2 Tickets for Liberty Theatre (Some black out days do apply.)
Held every Saturday in Eunice from 6-7:30 pm only.
*Swamp tour for two (At least 48 hours notice and requires cell phone number for contact.)
*Fezzo’s Cajun Restaurant gift card.
*Lagniappe – Cajun term meaning a little something extra!
Subject to price change without notice.
Cost is $645
In addition to the many Louisiana festivals that take place near our Lafayette Bed and Breakfast, there are other fantastic opportunities for experiencing the local culture and flavors of Cajun Country. The Museum at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist in Lafayette is currently displaying beautiful Icons by artists Rev. Rex Broussard & Lynda Mitchell. For more information, contact Jan McNeil at 337-232-1322. Guests who enjoy sports events can watch the Southern Professional Hockey League team, Louisiana IceGators at the Cajundome. Contact Liz Webb at 337-265-2323 for details. These events are both easily reached within a short distance of Maison D’Memoire, our Bed and Breakfast in Louisiana.
This year Mardi Gras will take place on February 21st! There will be fun filled festivities held on Mardi Gras, as well as the days leading up to this popular festival. Courir de Mardi Gras will be held on Sunday, February 19th in Church Point. Some other events planned are the Carnival d’Acadie in Crowley, the Tee Mamou Iota Mardi Gras Festival and numerous celebrations to enjoy in Lafayette. Festival-goers will enjoy the many colorful costumes, parades, live music and numerous other spectacular festivities. These wonderful cultural events will all take place within a short distance from our Lafayette Bed and Breakfast!
Lafayette has recently been named among the top 10 “Tastiest Towns in the South” according to the January issue of Southern Living magazine. Readers will determine the winner, so rally around Lafayette and cast your vote from December 23-January 31.
Lafayette is cited for its new breed of homegrown chefs. Southern living will profile each of the towns and reveal the “Tastiest Town in the South” in the April 2012 issue. We hope you have the chance to enjoy some of this famously delicious Acadian cuisine during your stay at our Lafayette Bed and Breakfast!
Every year on New Year’s Eve at midnight, the community of Rayne has a phenomenal fireworks display! Located just across Interstate 10 from our Romantic Louisiana Cottages, you can enjoy this wonderful display with a five minute trip across the highway, or watch from the comfort of your suite outside on the porch at our Rayne LA Bed and Breakfast for a more limited view.
Wishing everyone a blessed & Happy New Year!!!
Noel Acadien au Village is a wonderful holiday festival happening now, near our Lafayette Bed and Breakfast!
Enjoy the splendor of over a half million lights, nightly entertainment, local cuisine, photos with Santa and kiddie carnival rides. Held December 1-23 from 5:30-9PM nightly. $7 in advance or $9 at the gate. We hope you have the chance to experience this family friendly event during your stay at our Bed and Breakfast in Louisiana.
Guests at Maison D’Memoire are invited to attend the 75th Annual International Rice Festival, held in Crowley, Louisiana. Enjoy this family friendly event from October 20-23! Located just a short distance west of Rayne, this is one of the oldest festivals in Louisiana. Events at the festival will include Family Fun Day, Poster Contest, Cooking Contest, and Children’s Day on Friday, October 21 which will include Crowning of a Junior King & Queen along with a Children’s Parade. Saturday’s events will feature selecting a International Rice Festival Queen and the Grand Parade, along with an Acadian Accordion Contest and Fiddle Contest. Enjoy entertainment Thursday night by Molly Ringwalds, Friday night with Wayne Toups and Saturday by Tracy Lawrence.
Our own granddaughter Emma is competing for the Junior Queen on Friday! Good luck Emma!
The annual Festivals Acadiens et Creoles will be held on October 14-16, 2011 in the beautiful setting of Girard Park in Lafayette LA. This is a free event just minutes from Maison D’Memoire and is great for the whole family! There will be many activities to enjoy such as: Festival de Musique, Bayou Food Festival, Louisiana Crafts Fair, Louisiana Folk Roots, Culture Sur la Table and La Place des Petits. Enjoy some of the biggest names in Cajun & Zydeco music, cooking demonstrations, activities for the children and Louisiana craft booths including unique handmade items such as pottery, wood, metal gourds and textiles. Experience good music, good food and good times during your stay at our Lafayette Bed and Breakfast!
Roberts Cove Germanfest will take place on Saturday, October 1 and Sunday October 2, 2011. This fun event is held just five minutes from MaisonD’Memoire! Visitors can look forward to: Alpenfest Band, German Costumes, Folklore Presentation, Roberts Cove Germanfest Folk Dancers, Antique Farm Equipment & Rice Threshing, Kinder Auftrit (children singing & dancing), German food such as sauerkraut, wurst (sausage), kartoffel (potatoes), zucker platzchen (sugar cookies), and both imported and domestic beers, just to name a few. My personal favorite is the potato stew. Visitors can also enjoy the German Heritage Museum, Gift Shop, Kinderland Games & Activities, Blacksmith Association Demonstrations and more. Check out the schedule of events to find out more information!
The festival will be located at St. Leo’s Catholic Church Grounds on Hwy 98, approximately 3 miles from Interstate 10. Why not plan to take your family to this wonderful event during your stay at our Lafayette LA Bed and Breakfast!