May 15, 2013 5:33 PM by MELISSA CANONE
LAFAYETTE, La. - The community is invited to join the Bayou Vermilion District's Vermilionville as they celebrate their annual Creole Culture Day on Sunday, June 9 from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. at their historic park. Every year Vermilionville hosts this free event for the public to explore how the Creole community maintains their heritage.
This year's Creole Culture Day will focus on family folklore and the activities planned for the day will include: storytelling, Creole exhibits, cooking demonstrations, kid's games and crafts, sharing circles on Creole music and traditional healing, boat tours and canoeing, music in the Performance Center by Gerard Delafose & The Zydeco Gators as well as Corey & The Zydeco Hot Peppers plus a Creole Jam in the village led by Brandon Ledet.
Vermilionville and C.R.E.O.L.E., Inc. are also partnering with United Blood Services to have a blood drive on-site from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Each year for Creole Culture Day Vermilionville and the Catalon Family present a representative of the Creole community with the Richard J. Catalon Sr. Creole Heritage Award in recognition of outstanding lifetime contributions to the preservation of the Creole culture and contributions to the community. This year's recipient is Creole-Zydeco musician Willis Prudhomme, who is celebrated for staying true to the traditional la-la music associated with the Creoles. Past award recipients include: Goldman Thibodeaux, Donald Cravins, Sr., Herbert J. Wiltz, Deborah Clifton, John Broussard, Herman Fuselier, Mary L. Goody and Geno Delafose.
For more information about this year's Creole Culture Day including a timeline of events visit Vermilionville.org or call (337) 233-4077.