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Jan 18, 2013 7:51 PM by Akeam Ashford

La Poussiere Coming Back Strong

La Poussiere, is a cajun dance hall in breaux bridge that was damaged in last week's EF 1 tornado. The cajan dance hall offers an authentic dancehall experience that showcases the cajun music, language, and heritage. La Poussiere offers traditional cajun dancehall music and has changed little since its beginning.
La Poussiere was established over fifty (50) years ago on October 1, 1955 by the late Ovey J. Patin and Mary L. Patin. The dancehall was located in rural Breaux Bridge on Grand Point Avenue across the street from its current location. The original building was built in the 1920's, and once served as a country grocery store and bar. It featured low ceilings and a hardwood dance floor that was often vibrating and crowded, with hard-working cajuns both young and old.
Patrons couldn't help sweating, shuffling their feet, and two-stepping to Walter Mouton and the Scott Playboys. The original signage read "'Patin's Bar' Dance every Saturday Night at "La Poussiere."' The dancehall's name, La Poussiere is the french word for 'the dust' and has been billowing this up from the beginning. The building had to be moved in 1975 due to the widening of Grand Point where it moved to the current building it operates out of today.
February will hold what they call a "home coming celebration" where they will have all the ol' good time cajun music and friends of La Poussiere. You will be in company with great cajun music artists such as Steve Riley, Geno DeLafose, and Wayne Toups. The event will be held on the dance floors of La Poussiere in Breaux Bridges Saturday, January 2.

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