Oct 11, 2013 11:17 AM
Fascinated that the French language and culture live on in North America and, in particular, in southern Louisiana, a French travel series is coming to film in St. Martin Parish.
Patrick deCarolis, host of the TV documentary series "Le Grand Tour," invites viewers to join him on "ce voyage autour du monde" - this trip around the world. A delegation from St. Martinville, led by Mayor Tomas Nelson, welcomed members of the cast and crew this morning at the city's Cultural Heritage Center
The production team will spend most of the month of October and part of November filming in Louisiana and Quebec for two episodes entitled "Amérique française" (French America).
French speakers in St. Martinville and Arnaudville will be featured in the upcoming program.
Two members of the production team were recently in the parish to scout out locations to film and French speakers to interview. They spent some time with Mavis Frugé, Rebecca Henry, and other volunteers from NuNu's Arts Collective in Arnaudville.
A special Table Française, beginning at 9 a.m. on Oct. 12 at NuNu's, will launch the beginning of the filming in St. Martin Parish.
In addition to filming in St. Martin Parish, the crew will be filming in Terrebonne Parish with the Houma Indians and in New Orleans.
Other filming dates have not yet been finalized. For more information on the series, visit www.legrandtour.fr.