Aug 30, 2013 5:12 PM by MELISSA CANONE
LAFAYETTE, LA - 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 Bayou Vermilion Festival will kick off at 10 a.m. with a public showing of antique putt-putt boats and engines at Vermilionville. Antique putt-putt boat owners from around the south will have their boats on display for the public to see up close as well as talk with owners about these hand crafted boats and engines. Other activities throughout the day include various boating demonstrations such as babbitt pouring and wooden boat restoration techniques as well as community discussions with local organizations like the Bayou Vermilion District's River Crew, Lafayette Consolidated Government, the TECHE Project and a panel discussion on Louisiana boat building techniques. There will also be a kid's corner with crafts such as cork boats, recycle planters, boat carving, homemade sidewalk chalk and more. Other activities for the day include canoeing with Pack and Paddle, cooking demonstrations and guided tours of BVD's rain garden, native plants and green house. Live music will be provided throughout the day as well as a performance by Chubby Carries & The Bayou Swamp Band from 1 - 4 p.m. in the Performance Center. Admission to the Festival will be $5 for adults, $3 for students and seniors and children 6 and under enter free.
Bayou Vermilion Boat Parade
Bayou Vermilion Festival's Boat Parade will be launching from Vermilionville at 3 p.m. with a sendoff hosted by this year's Grand Marshal. The parade will consist of antique putt-putt boat owners from around the south, a musician's barge with live music as well as local boat owners and paddlers. 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 at Ruffino's restaurant. Those wishing to participate in the parade can register their boat, canoe or kayak starting September 1 by visiting BayouVermilionDistrict.org or calling (337) 233-4077. Bayou Vermilion District will also be accepting reservations for canoes and kayaks for those wishing to participate but don't own a water craft. A requested donation of $10 per person in the parade will go towards the Bayou Vermilion District's efforts to keep the river clean and viable as a source of recreation for the citizens of Lafayette Parish.
For more information, to register for the parade or to reserve a canoe / kayak visit BayouVermilionDistrict.org or call (337) 233-4077.