Oct 16, 2012 6:16 PM by Melissa Canone

New festival coming to New Iberia

On November 17, 2012, there is a new festival coming to New Iberia entitled, El Festival Español de Nueva Iberia. The focus and mission is to celebrate the 1779 founding of New Iberia by the Spanish, by creating an educational and cultural exchange of food, music, art, and history between New Iberia and the Andalusia region of Spain, while also recognizing the contributions of the original Spanish settlers to our culture. 

La. Asociación's Steering Committee has been working for months in preparation for this splendid new festival which we anticipate will be continued annually for many years to come.


Friday November 16, 2012
6:00 Lecture "The Founding of New Iberia" - Jose Manuel de Molina and genealogy
display of founding Spanish families: Segura, Viator, Lopez, Migues, Romero,
Gary, Prados - Shadows-on-the-Teche Visitors Center
7:00 Unveiling "Spanish Founding of New Iberia" Exhibit - Bayou Teche Museum
7:30 Spanish Gala (a ticketed event) - Sliman Theater (Evangeline)

Saturday, November 17, 2012
8:00 BTM Dave Robicheaux "Running of the Bulls" 5K race - Fulton Street
10:00 Mayor's Welcome & Opening Ceremony - Clara Roy Steamboat Pavilion
10:30 Spanish Arrival on the Teche - IPAL (behind the Pavilion)
11:00 Paella/Jambalaya Cook-off - Bouligny Plaza
11:00 Genealogy display of founding Spanish families - Sliman Theater
1:00 Food Demonstrations - Bouligny Plaza
3:00 Artwalk - Downtown
5:00 Art exhibit of Jose Antonio Diazdel - A & E Gallery

Live Music 11:00am - 9:00pm Clara Roy Steamboat Pavilion (Bouligny Plaza)
Roddie Romero and Hub City All-Stars
Fue Follet
Ven Pa Ca
John Reedom & New Horizon
And more...

Sunday, November 18, 2012
10:00 Mass dedicated to the Spanish founding families and visitors from Spain: Segura, Viator, Lopez, Migues, Romero, Gary, Prados - St. Peter's Catholic Church, E. St. Peter Street
1:00 Dedication of the New Iberia Trilingual Historical Markers featuring guest speaker Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne, followed by a presentation by Jose Manuel de Molina, author of a written history of Alhaurin de la Torre entitled "Historia de Alhaurin de la Torre en la Edad Moderna" - Sugar Cane Festival Building, 600 Parkview Drive
Contact: Rebecca Owens, Chairman at (337) 356-6826 or email: bso3@cox.net

The host agencies are La Asociación Española de Nueva Iberia and the New Iberia Main Street Program. Supporting organizations are the Bayou Teche Museum, Iberia Cultural Resources, Iberia Performing Arts League, the Shadows-on-the-Teche and the Iberia Parish Convention & Visitors Bureau.




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