The theme of the 2010 Acadian Memorial Festival is Acadians: Bayou
Teche to Atchafalaya. The festival, a museum style celebration of the
Acadian Settlers in Louisiana, will be held on Saturday, March 20, 2010
from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in St. Martinville. Festival Kickoff is Friday,
March 19, 2010 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. All events are free and open
to the public.
The Acadian Memorial Foundation Board and the City of St. Martinville
want to share the highlights to entice your presence. The history and
stories step right out of the museum and Memorial to showcase the
Acadian Cajun culture and traditions loaded with visuals and fun for
Festival kickoff will be a Downtown Promenade around historic Church
Square. Join us for an Art Walk through downtown businesses, Crawfish
Boil, tour of St. Martin de Tours Catholic Church and introduction of
the 2010 Festival’s honored families, Breaux and Guidry. Advance
tickets for the crawfish are on sale by the L’Ordre du Bon Temps.
Brief family meetings can be arranged, please contact us for
Festival day is old fashioned Cajun fun set in Evangeline Oak Park.
Acadian costumes are encouraged. Join us for family reunions, music,
cuisine, history, lectures, theatre, film, demonstrations, storytelling
and kids’ activities, wooden boat parade/exhibit, antique cars, and
much more. Voices of the Atchafalaya, a traveling exhibit of
photography and sound, will be on display. Special guests will include
author Gerard-Marc Braud and Maryannick Braud of Nantes, France and
artist Georgette Bourgeois of Nova Scotia, Canada.
Cracklins, boudin, jambalaya, fried fish, cush cush, Cajun sweets, etc.
will be cooked on site. Beverages of all types will be available.
Anyone interested in selling their Cajun products may rent a booth.
The Reenactment of the Arrival of the Acadians on Bayou Teche takes
place at 1 p.m. on festival day. Bring your children, grandchildren and
elderly family members for this opportunity to reconnect with all Cajun
families! We are looking for two to four members from the Breaux and
Guidry families to ride in pirogues or barges. Acadian Dress circa
1764 is required. Please contact us to make arrangements.
All Cajun family associations should join in a huge welcome of the
Acadians arrival in St. Martinville.
Let us make this the biggest day ever! For more information or to
volunteer, contact us at 337-394.2258 337-288-2681 or
firstname.lastname@example.org. Please visit our websites at
www.acadianmemorial.org and www.stmartinville.org for schedule updates.
CONTACT: BRENDA COMEAUX TRAHAN, ACADIAN MEMORIAL CURATOR, 337.394.2258