Oct 15, 2013 10:53 AM by MELISSA CANONE
The community is invited to let the good times flow on Sunday, October 20 for Bayou Vermilion District's Bayou Vermilion Festival & Boat Parade at Vermilionville. The Bayou Vermilion Festival & Boat Parade is a celebration of and on the Bayou Vermilion that aims to increase awareness of the river as a viable source of recreation for Lafayette Parish and also serves as a fundraiser for the Bayou Vermilion District's efforts along the Vermilion.
Bayou Vermilion Festival
The Festival will kick off at 10 a.m. with a viewing of antique putt-putt boats and engines as well as a discussion with the boat owners from around the South. The day continues with a preview of the upcoming film by Charles Richard In the Mind of the Maker, followed by a panel discussion on Louisiana Boat Building Techniques: Past to Present. There will also be a screening of The Pirogue Maker in its rare color format with musician Scott Ainslie providing the live soundtrack. Following the film will be the unveiling of one of the pirogues created for Robert Flaherty's Louisiana Story that is currently on loan to Vermilionville along with some of the tools used to create this historic pirogue. There will also be a kid's corner with crafts like cork boats, recycle planters, boat carving, homemade sidewalk chalk and knot tying demos throughout the day. We will also be offering guided tours of Bayou Vermilion District's rain garden and native plants, canoeing, Bayou Vermilion boat tours, cooking demos and tunes by the Plate Lunch Playboys and a performance by Chubby Carrier & the Bayou Swamp Band from 1 - 4 p.m. Admission to the Festival will be $5 for adults, $3 for students and seniors, children 6 & under enter free.
Bayou Vermilion Boat Parade
The Bayou Vermilion Boat Parade will kick off around 3 p.m. with a celebratory toast by this year's Grand Marshall Ray Brassieur. The parade will depart from Vermilionville and end at the Camellia Bridge Launch with a celebration complete with live music by the BonSoir Catin trio and the Plate Lunch Playboys, as well as food and drinks. The public is invited to participate in the parade by registering their boat or paddle craft by visiting BayouVermilionDistrict.org or call (337) 233-4077.
Bayou Vermilion District will also be taking reservations on a first come first serve basis for those wishing to use their canoes, single or double person kayaks for the parade. They will also be providing a complimentary shuttle service that will bring you from the Camellia Bridge launch to Vermilionville at 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. You can reserve your paddle craft by visiting BayouVermilionDistrict.org or call (337) 233-4077.
Residents and businesses that live along the parade route are encouraged to invite friends and family over to watch the parade from their back yard. Those that do not live along the parade route can watch the parade at Vermilionville, Beaver Park, Rotary Point or they can watch the finale at the Camellia Bridge Launch. For a map of viewing locations visit BayouVermilionDistrict.org or call (337) 233-4077.
BAYOU VERMILION FESTIVAL TIMELINE
Antique Putt-Putt Boat Display & Discussion (10:00 - 11:00 a.m.)
Film: Trashed (10:00 - 11:30 a.m.)
Tours: Rain Garden, Watershed, Green House and Native Plants (10:00 a.m. - 3 p.m.)
Cooking Demo: Native Fowl (10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.)
Bayou Vermilion Boat Tour (10:30 - 11:00 a.m.)
Babbitt Pouring Demonstration (11:00 - 11:15 a.m.)
Kid's Corner: Cork Boats, Recycle Planters, Boat Carving and Homemade Sidewalk Chalk (11 a.m. - 3 p.m.)
Canoeing (11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.)
Bayou Vermilion District Presentation (11:15 - 11:30 a.m.)
Lafayette Consolidated Government Presentation (11:30 - 11:45 a.m.)
Film: Trashed (11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.)
Bayou Vermilion Boat Tour (11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.)
Shuttle Service from Camellia Bridge Launch to Vermilionville (11:30 a.m.)
T.E.C.H.E. Project Presentation (11:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.)
In The Mind of the Maker Preview & Discussion (12:00 - 12:30 p.m.)
Cooking Demo: Native Fish (12:00 - 2:00 p.m.)
Louisiana Boat Building Techniques: Past to Present (12:30 - 1:30 p.m.)
Shuttle Service from Camellia Bridge Launch to Vermilionville (12:30 p.m.)
Film: Trashed (1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.)
Music: Chubby Carrier & The Bayou Swamp Band (1 - 4 p.m.)
Film: The Pirogue Maker (1:30 - 1:45 p.m.)
Discussion & Unveiling of pirogue created for Robert Flaherty's Louisiana Story (1:45 - 2:30 p.m.)
Bayou Vermilion Boat Tour (1:30 - 2:00 p.m.)
Shuttle Service from Camellia Bridge Launch to Vermilionville (1:30 p.m.)
BAYOU VERMILION BOAT PARADE TIMELINE
3:00 p.m. at Vermilionville
Bayou Vermilion Boat Parade Launch (3:00 - 5:00 p.m.)
5:00 p.m. at Camellia Bridge Launch located at Bellaire Rd.
BonSoir Catin Trio (5:00 - 6:30 p.m.)
Joe Vidrine Trio (7:00 - 8:30 p.m.)