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Oct 12, 2009 12:54 PM by Sarah Rosario

Wet Weather Could Hurt Fall Fest Crowds

 The three day "Festivals Acadiens Et Creoles" may be cut short if the weather doesn't hold up. It started this afternoon in downtown Lafayette. Organizers are hoping Mother Nature cooperates through Sunday.

At the start of the festival kids from many of Lafayette's public schools were out playing in the water, running around and dancing to the music. All trying to get the first taste of the festival.  Marketing and Communications Director Gina Aswell said, "It is a wonderful festival that has been going on for over 30 years. We have 40-50 thousand people that come for the full weekend."

The celebration is a combination of eight small festivals at Girard Park, each celebrating different aspects of the area's cultural traditions. This year, Mother Nature is trying to steal the show. Even though stormy clouds are predicted for this weekend people say they don't care. "Rain does not bother me during Festival Acadiens we're going to be out shaking a leg no matter what. A little mud never hurt a south Louisiana boy," said Lafayette resident David Goodwyn.

But organizers are saying something else. "We'll try to push through; if the rain happens we'll just have to shut down," said Aswell.

They say heavy rain and wind would create too much of a hassle for the outdoor event but some fans would come rain or shine. "I try to come out to festivals Acadien every year. It's one of the best celebrations of our Cajun culture. I get to see a ton of the best Cajun music anywhere and eat great food and have a great time," said Lafayette resident, Garland Theirot.

"So anyone out there who's thinking about staying at home because its raining, get your boots on, quite whining, its going to be a great show no matter what. The best Cajun zydeco music in the world is here this weekend," said Goodwyn.

Sarah Rosario

srosario@katctv.com

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