Lafayette, Louisiana plays host to the annual Festival International de Louisiane, a 5 day event of visual, performing and culinary arts to honor the French culture in Louisiana. It draws over 300,000 visitors each year and is a great place for culturally-inclined RVers to visit. Let us run you through the key activities and things you can participate in.
The Festival International de Louisiane is a community-based, non-profit arts organization established in 1986 to celebrate French, African, Caribbean and Hispanic influences on the Acadiana region in Louisiana. In it's 27th year it runs from April 24 to April 28 and the venue is historic downtown Lafayette. It is free and open to the public.
Being a Francophone festival, most of the programming has a French flavor. The festival draws both local and international talent. Sway to the sound of world beats as musicians and dancers from all genres liven the atmosphere with their foot-thumping music and gyrations. The colorful street performers of Cirque de la Rue entice onlookers to join in the revelry. For a chance to get up, close and personal with the musicians, head towards the Festival International Merchandise Boutique where many of them conduct CD signings. This year the festival is a finalist for Best Word Music Festival in the About.com WorldMusic Reader's Choice Awards! See the 2013 Festival Line Up.
Chefs from all corners of world are flown in. Elaborate food courts offer all kinds of cuisine to please the palate. RVers, leave your kids at Scene des Jeunes to amuse themselves with activities like face painting, mime, storytelling, puppetry and so on. In the meantime, film patrons can enjoy Louisiana and Francophone documentaries showcased at Soiree du Cinema. Shopaholic RVers can indulge themselves browsing through American made pottery, jewelry, sculpture and more at the Marche des Arts and many more global artifacts at the Marche du Monde.
Downtown Lafayette has several museums where RVers can take in some art. You can even participate by volunteering to help out in the festivities. Downtown Lafayette does not have parking lots big enough for RVs, nor campgrounds with RV hookups. Therefore the best bet would be to stay at an RV park near Lafayette, and drive your car (or rent one) to Cajun Field, where a free shuttle transports you to and from the festival venue.
So RVers, why wait? Plan your spring rendezvous with the rich Cajun culture, soak up the fun-filled atmosphere and as they say down South, laissez les bon temps rouler (let the good times roll)!
Here are helpful links for more information on the Festival International de Louisiane, and information on Lafayette.
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