This year, Festival Acadiens et Creoles will have a kick off party like never before.
It will be a noisy, traditional celebration of all things female.
Festival Acadiens et Creole 2019 will celebrate the women of Acadiana and their influence on our culture and music.
It all starts with a symposium on Friday, October 11 at 9:00 am at the Paul and Lulu Hilliard University Art Museum.
"We're ending the symposium with a charivari which is a noisy ritualized parade with any kind of noise makers you can bring, pots and pans, kazoos, harmonicas, whatever," says Lian Cheramie.
All are welcome to partake in the fun, wearing clothing or carrying a token that represents the female influences who made us who we are today.
Cheramie says she'll be honoring a special woman during this year's event.
"Today I stand here loving Festival Acadiens et Creole, loving Festival International, loving my culture, knowing my identity and my culture because of my mom," she says. "So I want to honor her and I'm going to be carrying her with me at the charivari while I'm making noise and pounding on pots and pans and screaming in the streets,"
The charivari begins at 4:30 at the Univesity Art Museum.
The loud, colorful celebration of culture and women will end at the Festival stage for the opening and "Cutting of the Boudin" at 5:00 pm.
For more on the Festival visit festivalacadiens.com.
KATC's Katie Easter spoke with die-hard festival goers who already have their spaces picked out in Girard Park.