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Spirit of Acadiana: Louisiana Lao New Year Festival in Coteau

Posted at 7:29 AM, Apr 19, 2019

Tonight begins the Louisiana Lao New Year Festival at Wat Thammarattanaram Lao Buddhist Temple in Coteau.

The celebration starts tonight, Friday, April 19 and continues until Sunday, April 21.

Scott Brazda was LIVE this morning with a preview of what those attending can expect.

For over 30 years the three-day festival, which usually occurs around the Easter holiday, has introduced Acadiana to the cultural traditions of the Lao people.

Friday night begins with the Queen’s Pageant where guests can see beautiful costumes and performances along with traditional music. Over 75 vendors will be on hand offering authentic Lao foods that organizers say will expand the palates of all who attend.

On Saturday, April 20, a parade will roll at 12:00 pm.

Organizers say they hope that those who attend will take away the cultural richness that Iberia Parish has to offer. The Lao community has become an integral part of Iberia Parish and is now thriving.

For those new to the festival, guides will be available. An information booth will be set up at the festival entrance with information on Lao culture and the buildings attendees will see while at the festival.

VIP tickets are also available at $50. The Buddhist temple is located at 7913 Champa Ave in Coteau. Public parking will be made available along Melancon Road.

Information on the festival can be found at the Louisiana Lao New Year Festival Facebook page.