Apr 11, 2014 1:53 PM by MELISSA CANONE
Easter is coming up on Sunday, April 20, and outdoor egg hunt season is about to begin. You don't need a backyard to have one. There are plenty of egg hunts all over Acadiana, where kids can search for eggs and candy.
KATC has the scoop on the best Easter egg hunts in Acadiana. Most are outdoors at parks, playgrounds and even a zoo.
So get your baskets ready! Here are a few dozen Easter egg hunts to hit this spring in Acadiana and even some Lagniappe events for the entire family.
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APRIL 11, 12 & 13
CAJUN HOT SAUCE FESTIVAL
Festival with family atmosphere, hot sauce competition, jambalaya cook-off, live entertainment, food court, crafts and much more. Fri. 7 - 11:30 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m. - 11:30 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sugarena@Acadiana Fairgrounds, 713 NW Bypass (Hwy. 3212), New Iberia, 337-365-7539, Sugarena.com, Facebook.com/CajunHotSauceFest
APRIL 11, 12 & 13
11TH ANNUAL BAYOU TECHE BLACK BEAR FESTIVAL
The 11th Annual Bayou Teche Black Bear Festival will be held in downtown Franklin. The focus of the festival is educating the public about the Louisiana black bear, a species listed as "threatened" by the US Fish and Wildlife Service, along with all the components of a traditional south Louisiana festival: great music and food, arts and crafts, and educational activities for both adults and children. There will be a firework show on the Bayou Teche, behind the Blevin's Building beginning at 8:30 pm.
APRIL 11, 12 & 13
5TH ANNUAL BAYOU TECHE WOODEN BOAT SHOW
The 5th Annual Bayou Teche Wooden Boat Show will take place in conjunction with the Bayou Teche Black Bear Festival. View a collection of antique and newly built watercraft on display, all constructed of wood. Demonstrations on tying fishing flies, fly casting lessons and demonstrations, and boat building demonstrations are a few events that have been added to this year's show. The show will begin at 6:00 pm on Friday, April 11th and concludes at 6:00 pm on Sunday, April 13th. For more information, contact Cajun Coast Visitors and Convention Bureau at (985) 395-4905, (800) 256-2931, www.cajuncoast.com, or visit www.bayoutechebearfest.org.
CROWLEY EASTER PARADE & EGGSTRAVANZA
The first Crowley Easter Parade will be held at 9:30 a.m. and will start at the corner of East Second St. and Avenue G (Home Bank parking lot) and will ride to Levy Park. Those who enter the parade should arrive by 9 a.m. and park in the Home Bank Parking Lot. Overflow parking will be directed to the parking lot at The Ballroom.
Following the parade, an Easter Eggstravaganza will be held at Levy Park beginning at 10 a.m. This event will include an Easter egg hunt, pictures with the Easter Bunny, face painting and crafts and games. Those taking part in the Eggstravaganza will be required to purchase a $5 bracelet. Proceeds from bracelet sales will go towards supporting Crowley Professional Women's programs.
Those seeking more information on the upcoming event are urged to contact Val Hoffpauir or Charlotte Jeffers at (337) 783-0824.
EUNICE EASTER EGG HUNT
Winn Dixie in Eunice is having an Easter egg hunt tomorrow, 04/12/2014, from 2-4pm for ages 1-10. Games and prizes.
2014 HELICOPTER EGG DROP
Eggs will fall from the sky at Comeaux High School as Nouvelle Church hosts the 3rd annual Helicopter Easter Egg Drop. A helicopter will drop eggs onto the fields and children will have the opportunity to hunt 15,000 plastic Easter eggs on the soccer fields. This free event will begin at 11 a.m. with registration and the egg drop will begin at 12:15 pm. Children will be split by age onto four separate fields. Once the eggs are on the field, children, age two through 5th grade, will be able to hunt for eggs in their designated age area. This year the organizers are adding a field for special needs children. After all the eggs are found, the kids will take them to an area to redeem them for candy. There will be food vendors at the event selling a variety of lunches and snacks. Fun Jumps will be available for kids for free. There will be chances to win $50 gift cards. Visit www.nouvellechurch.com/events to pre-register kids in order to save time on the day of the Egg Drop.
RELAY FOR LIFE
Relay for Life will be held at Breaux Bridge High School from 6:00 p.m.-6:00 a.m. Everyone is invited to come out and join the festivities. The Relay begins with a Survivor's Walk. Cancer survivors walk the initial lap, symbolizing the courage that survivors and their families display and sustain in their daily lives. Later on in the evening, there is a Luminary Ceremony that pays tribute to cancer survivors and to loved ones who still live in our hearts. During the Luminary Ceremony, lit candles are placed in luminary bags around the football track. The candles burn throughout the night, serving as a reminder of the purpose of Relay for Life and the hope that one day cancer will be eliminated. Relay for Life also represents that those lost to cancer will never be forgotten, and for those who are currently fighting cancer, that they will never lose hope.
All donations made to the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life helps St. Martin Parish. If anyone is interested in creating a team for Relay for Life, please contact Capt. Stacey Blanchard at (337) 394-2800.
STORYTELLING AND EGG PAQUING AT THE MARKET
Louisiana author Colette Juneau returns to the Lafayette Farmers and Artisans Market at the Horse Farm on Saturday, April 12th for story time at 10 a.m., featuring her book SanTaa Kroupee and Paquin' Eggs on the Bayou. The tale narrates the French tradition of egg paquing, an Easter game played by generations of Cajun families involving knocking hardboiled eggs to see which egg can survive the longest without cracking. Visitors, locals, and families are invited to participate in an egg-paquing contest immediately following story time. The regional game's instructions and history will be explained in French and English for all to enjoy, and an informal French conversation circle will take place in conjunction with the contest. Competitors of all ages are asked to bring a hardboiled egg, dyed or decorated in any fashion. Additional hardboiled eggs will available if needed. The egg-paquing champion will receive a prize basket! Local musicians Lisa and Harry Trahan will lead this week's Cajun Jam, which takes place at the Market each week, 9-11 a.m.
KAPLAN FARMERS MARKET EGG HUNT
This Saturday, April 12th, The Farmer's Market in Kaplan will have an Easter egg hunt and pictures with the Easter Bunny from 8 a.m. to noon at Turnley Park, 119 Irving Street.
APRIL 12 & 13
A continuous Easter Egg Hunt, games, candy stations, Easter egg dyeing, face painting, tattoos, live entertainment, sand art, and make an Easter necklace. Visit booths for treats and coupons. You'll also enjoy the chance to the see the ZooLive Animal Show, ride the Safari Train, and play on the Jungle Lodge playground
EggstravaganZOO Event Schedule:
Saturday, April 12: 10am to 3pm; and
Sunday, April 13: 11am to 4pm
ARTism: Experience it! Runs throughout month of April at Cite des Arts, Mon-Fri, FREE! Silent auction of various works created by local artists for the exhibition. Winners to be notified in May. Special family-friendly viewing on Sat, April 12th, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM, with activities for kids: face painting, Play-doh fun, art activities, etc. Light snacks provided. FREE!! And don't forget ArtWalk also on the 12th.
PICTURE PERFECT EVENT
Picture Perfect Easter Event Sunday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Acadian Village. Spring / Bridal / Easter / Family Photo Sessions in the Village $10 per person ~ Kids 5 & under free. Includes photo session fee, refreshments, Easter arts and crafts, and petting zoo for kids.
Hope Fest will be held at Parc International from noon - 7 p.m. for a family fun event with great food, games and music. Live performances by Mackenzie Bourg and featuring Royal Teeth (recently performed on American Idol). All proceeds go to at-risk children through Holy Family Catholic School and special needs teens through STM Options program.
PLAYday 2014, a summer activities fair and family fitness expo presented by Southwest Louisiana Area Health Education Center and the Women's & Children's Hospital Kids Specialty Center will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the grounds of the Kids Specialty Center on the Women's & Children's Hospital campus, 4600 Ambassador Caffery Parkway, Lafayette. The event is free and open to the public. Families with children in grades Pre-K to 5 are encouraged to attend. There will be different events like football and other sports, fun jumps, rock wall, carnival-style games, obstacle course, exercise demonstrations, information on healthy snacks and eating habits For more information visit swlahec.com.
APRIL 12 & 13
FESTIVAL DES FLEURS LOUISIANA
Festival des Fleurs de Louisiana is Acadiana's premier garden show. Featured attractions include numerous horticulture organizations such as the Lafayette Garden Club, the Bonsai Society, Acadiana Orchid Society and Lafayette Parish Master Gardeners. Plant and garden related vendors offer shopping for the horticulture enthusiast. Activities for all ages and door prizes guarantee a fun filled day.This event will be held at Blackham Coliseum April 12 from 8 til 5; April 13 from 11 to 5. For more inforamation call 337 288 0283 or visit http://www.festivaldesfleurs.org
THE BAYOU CHURCH SPRING PICNIC
The Bayou Church in Lafayette will hold a church-wide Spring Picnic will have an Easter egg hunt, live music, and a men's cake competition on April 13 at the Lafayette campus, 2234 Kaliste Saloom Rd.
DOWN SYNDROME ASSOCIATION OF ACADIANA ANNUAL EASTER EGG HUNT
The DSAA Easter Egg Hunt held for people with Down syndrome and their siblings will be Sunday, April 13, 2014, from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Ascension Day School, 401 Silverstone in Lafayette. Participants include people with Down syndrome from the Acadiana area and their families. DSAA will have refreshments and a fun jump to entertain all ages. There will also be a special appearance from the Easter Bunny. For more information, contact DSAA at (337) 234-3109 or go to www.dsaa.info.
VERMILIONVILLE EARTH DAY
The public is invited to join the Bayou Vermilion District (BVD) as they celebrate Earth Day on Sunday, April 13 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. to raise awareness and inspire appreciation for our planet Earth. The BVD will be host for a day to various community organizations and businesses ready to share their knowledge of environmentally related issues as well as provide fun activities for the kids. You'll be able to take a short canoe paddle in Vermilionville's Petit Bayou, enjoy cooking demonstrations on how to preserve your garden's harvest, catch and identify various aquatic bugs to help determine water quality, as well as enjoy many more activities for the kids. Enjoy the music of Corey Ledet & His Zydeco Band, the Lafayette Rhythm Devils, and Joe Vidrine & Friends, register for our free Wise Water raffle, and sit in on our lecture series highlighting the current recreational opportunities on and along the Bayou Vermilion as well as plans for future development.
Admission to the festival is $5 for adults and students and free for children 5 &under. For a complete list of organizations and businesses participating in the BVD's Earth Day Celebration as well as a complete list of activities visit the calendar of events at Vermilionville.org or call (337) 233-4077. For an additional cost boat tours of the Bayou Vermilion will also be available.
CONCERT AT THE VILLAGE
The Lafayette Concert Band presents an "old fashioned concert in the park" at Acadian Village on Sunday, April 13. The concert begins at 5:00pm with a performance by the Kaplan High School Band under the direction of LCB's Assistant Conductor, Alex Hilliard. After a short break and stage reset the Lafayette Concert Band will entertain with a variety of musical styles, in a typical outdoor concert format.
Bring a lawn chair or blanket, a picnic basket and your own refreshments and relax on the beautiful lawn at Acadian Village or stroll through the historic buildings while listening to the concert. Single concert tickets will be sold at the door for $10 each and LCB Season tickets will also be on sale. Call 989-1279 for more information about the concert or about joining the Lafayette Concert Band or visit us on the internet at www.lcband.org.
The Iberia Cultural Resources Association and Iberia Bank will hold Symphony Sunday in the Park in New Iberia's City Park on Sunday, April 13, at 3 p.m.
This free concert features the Acadiana Symphony Orchestra. The theme this year is "Dance, Dance, Dance." A new feature of this year's concert because of the theme will be four dance numbers that will be performed along with the symphony on a dance floor in front of the stage. Click here for the program. There will be an instrument petting zoo at intermission and a competition for the best picnic theme judging at 2:45 p.m. There will be a food truck with hamburgers and the recreation department will sell drinks. Starting at 1 p.m., golf carts will be available at the park's entrance. KANE Radio (AM 1240) will broadcast the concert.
For any questions and additional information, please call Cathy Indest at 337-364-1603.
GRAND COTEAU EASTER EGG HUNT
The fifth annual Grand Coteau Easter Egg Hunt bounds into town Sunday with activities for children ages 1 to 10. Children will search for hidden treasures behind the St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, 174 Church St., from 1 to 3 p.m. that day. The priest will be there and the nuns will come out.
Grand Coteau will sponsor three Easter egg hunts during the day, one from toddlers, one for children ages 3 to 5 and another for children ages 7 to 10. There will also be about 300 boiled eggs the children can decorate for themselves. The entire family can make it a fun day with snacks, storytelling, fun jumps and drawings throughout the program for Easter baskets. Bring a picnic basket for lunch under the oaks. For more information, call Johnson at 337-347-0182.
APRIL 18, 19 & 20
LAO NEW YEAR CELEBRATION
Lanexang Village celebrates the Lao New Year every Easter weekend with a three-day festival that includes live music, a beauty pageant, parades, sand castle building, kids activities, and several vendors selling clothes, jewelry, music and food from Southeast Asia. Thammarattanaram Temple, 7913 Champa Ave., Broussard, 8 a.m. - 8 p.m., 337-364-3403, Facebook.com/pages/Wat-Thammarattanaram/189403961120455
EGGS & ARTS
The Lafayette Farmers and Artisans Market at the Horse Farm will celebrate "Eggs & Arts," on Saturday, April 19th, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. The egg-themed, springtime event will kick off a new Monthly Art Market tradition at the weekly Farmers and Artisans Market at the Horse Farm. On third Saturdays of every month, distinguished artists from all over the state will join the fleet of food trucks and weekly line up of Market artists and vendors to sell their handcrafted wares.
During the Eggs & Arts Market, the LSU AgCenter will host an interactive egg-education booth, complete with live chickens, natural egg dying displays, and nutritional information. At 9:30 a.m., children are invited to participate in an egg hunt on the Horse Farm. Chef Manny Augello of Bread & Circus Provisions will offer a cooking demonstration at 10:30 a.m., showcasing simple, creative ways to prepare eggs. Finally, Lafayette Parish 4-H students will lead a series of poultry presentations at 11:30 a.m. Locals and visitors of all ages are invited to participate in the day's festivities while shopping for local foods, fine art, and farm fresh produce.
Michael Doucet of the Grammy-winning music group BeauSoleil and talented local musician Chad Huval will lead the weekly Cajun Jam, 9-11 a.m.
The Market is open every Saturday from 8 a.m.-12 p.m., rain or shine. Visit <http://www.marketatthehorsefarm.com/>
CHICOT STATE PARK EASTER EGG HUNT
Chicot State Park in Ville Platte will hold its Easter Egg Hunt at 2 p.m. Children under age 12 are invited to search for Easter eggs in the park. For more information call 888.677.2442 locally and 363.2403 locally.
PARKS AND REC. EASTER EGG HUNT
The Lafayette Parks and Recreation Department is hosting its 13th annual Easter Egg Hunt, on Saturday, April 19th at Thomas Park at 10:00 a.m. For more information call 291-8370 or
ROCK-N-ROLL EASTER CELEBRATION
This event will be held from 10 a.m. to Noon. The Children's Ministry will be hosting an Easter event for all children up through 5th grade. Games, activities, crafts, snacks, an egg hunt and more! If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Melissa Bowen at 337.981.2088 or email at Melissa@covenantum.org. The egg hunt is an incorporated part of the whole day program of activities and lessons and is open to the public. Click here for more info.
The O'Bryan Akeem Parker Scholarship Fund, Inc. 4th Music Fest will be held Saturday, April 19 at LARC's Acadian Village. Musicians will perform from 3:00 p.m. to 7 p.m. The O'Bryan Akeem Parker Scholarship was established in memory of O'Bryan Akeem Parker, a former student of Carencro High School who passed away on June 15, 2008.
The Music Fest benefits local graduating seniors with a scholarship if they meet qualifications. This will be the sixth year that the scholarship will be given. A jambalaya cook-off will take place at the Music Fest. Lawn chairs are welcome. If additional information is needed, please contact Harold Parker at 337-257-1772.
OUR SAVIOR'S CHURCH HOSTING EASTER EGG DROP EGGSTRAVAGANZA
On Saturday, April 19, Our Savior's Church of Jennings invites the Southwest Louisiana community for their first ever Easter EggDrop Eggstravaganza. Our Savior's Church EggDrop Eggstravaganza will be one of the largest and most spectacular Easter egg hunts anywhere! Thousands of plastic Easter eggs will be dropping from a helicopter. This free, family event will feature at 30,000, Easter egg hunt, inflatables, train rides, face-painting, horse rides, dunking booth, free lunch and much more! This event is for kids 12 and under and will take place at the Our Savior's Church Jennings Campus. The event begins at 10:00 am and the egg drop will happen at 11:00am. The field will be divided into three sections by age so that every child has a fair chance of collecting eggs.
In order to accommodate the large crowd, attendees are encouraged to arrive early and pre-register online at www.oscconnect.com. Visit www.oscconnect.com for more information.
Pastor of Our Savior's Church, please contact at 337-739-1129 or email@example.com.
CITY WIFE EASTER EGG HUNT IN CROWLEY
City Wife Easter Egg Hunt in Crowley will be held at the Acadia Parish Rice Arena, Saturday April 19, 2014, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. For families and kids ages 3-11. Free Admission. Activities include egg hunts, games, pictures with the Easter Bunny, horseback rides, free food and more. BYOB - Bring Your Own Basket! Hosted by The Pentecostals of Crowley. For more information, call 337-783-7035.
EASTER SUNRISE SERVICE
You are invited to attend Easter Sunrise Service at Lafayette Memorial Park Cemetery, Peace Chapel Mausoleum on Easter morning, Sunday, April 20 at 7a.m. at 2111 W. Pinhook Road in Lafayette. Danishes & coffee will be served following the meditation service. For more info. call 235-3062.
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