Sep 27, 2013 3:37 PM by Tonya LaCoste
The first ever Festival Fête de Famille or "Festival Family Celebration" will be held Sunday at Blue Moon Saloon and Guesthouse. Organizers of Lafayette's two largest festivals - Festival International de Louisiane and Festivals Acadiens et Créoles - are hosting the family event. The first part of the day will be designated for families and children from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. featuring a themed photo booth, food, arts and crafts, Cajun and Zydeco dance instruction and live music. Later, beginning at 6 p.m., there will be music and dancing. Admission is $15 and organizers say music is francophone inspired.
"In addition to the incredible music lineup, both Festivals will have board and staff on-site the day of the event to welcome attendees and give information about both festivals including partnership and volunteer opportunities, said Diane Harris, Interim Executive Director of Festival International de Louisiane.
Organizers say Festival Fête de Famille is happening two weeks ahead of Festivals Acadiens et Créoles to celebrate south Louisiana's unique French culture. "The collaborative spirit between these two festivals reflects the spirit of social cooperation that is at the very heart of the Cajun and Crêole communities," Barry Jean Ancelet, President of the Festivals Acadiens et Crêoles Board said.
Limited edition Festivals Acadiens et Créoles and Festival International de Louisiane merchandise will be be available, including pins and posters.
"Lafayette and the surrounding area are enriched twice each year by these celebrations that have always been and remain free and open to the public, attracting visitors from nearby parishes, from other states, and from far flung countries as well. I don't know of any other community that hosts and supports two such open and accessible public celebrations of culture. The collaboration between our two festivals means that we share volunteer bases, and contribute to each other's programming and promotion," Festival Acadien et Crêoles Board Member Patrick Mould said.
Sunday night's lineup: Brazos Huval's Music students, (LeBlanc Family Cajun Band, The Thibodeaux Family Band, TJ Prade) Huval Fuselier Cajun Trio, New Orleans indie rock septet Sweet Crude, The Viatones, and Racines featuring Steve Riley, Mitch Reed, Kevin Wimmer, Chris Stafford & Glenn Fields with special guest Geno Delafose. The full music schedule and performance times are available online at www.festivalinternational.com/fete.
Blue Moon Saloon is located at 215 E. Convent Street.