Festivals Acadiens Et Creoles gets underway tomorrow in Girard Park, and die-hard festival goers already have their space picked out in the park. Tents are quickly filling up. Some people set up as early as Tuesday evening.
"Our spot, we actually reserved with a piece of string, and then we'll put 4 tents, and stay here all weekend," Chris Fruge said.
Fruge and his friends have been attending the festival since college. He says they have met at the same spot for the last eight years.
"Before we would just gather under a tree, but it got knocked down in I think Hurricane Lily."
He says something new this year is the distance from the bathrooms to the tent. Fruge's tents are less than five feet from two Porta Potties.
"The bathrooms are usually over there, so we always had to walk a good ways. This is the first time I've seen them right by our spot, so I'm kind of happy about that," Fruge laughed.
Also new this year - each tent must be registered and ice chests are not allowed.
"They can go online and find a spot. It used to be a scramble to find a spot, but it's getting more organized," Festival director Barry Ancelet said.
Planning on going to festival? You can register your tent here.
The festival starts Friday evening with the traditional cutting of the boudin. For a complete schedule of events, click here.