Posted: Aug 9, 2011 9:34 AM by Lauren Wilson & AP
THIBODAUX, La. (AP) - The Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program is moving its 15th free celebration of Cajun culture and the environment from a national park in Thibodaux to a park in Morgan City.
Executive director Kerry St. Pe told The Courier that the historic spring river flood and opening of the Morganza Spillway has made people more aware of the environment, and made it seem a good time to bring the word to Morgan City.
For more than a decade, La Fete d'Ecologie has been held at the Jean Lafitte Wetlands Acadian Cultural Center in Thibodaux.
This year's will be Sept. 24 at Lake End Park in Morgan City. The festival celebrates the Barataria-Terrebonne estuary system - one of the fastest-disappearing areas on earth. It's made up of about 4.2 million between the Atchafalaya and Mississippi rivers
The festival includes animals, interactive exhibits, traditional Cajun crafts, live music and a cast net teaching session and contest for children.