Festival International offers tons of amazing events, performances and so much more at each stage and booth–but the full festival experience comes with a whole lot of lagniappe too.
"It’s kind of cool that you have it in Lafayette, and it’s just a new experience," said festival goer Hanh Ho.
New experiences for Ho included the street poets on Jefferson.
"We write poems on the street for people. We’re street poets," said Joe, a poet from New Orleans.
No music festival would be complete without lots of dancing either.
"Just helping show love to dance culture, period," said dance Donald Thibodeaux, "It’s a new atmosphere. I mean, they got some very peculiar people, something that I really wasn’t expecting. Like you know, a cowboy in some drawers."
Year after year, Festival International proves to be so much more than the average music festival–from the arts to the crafts and the street performers, to the street poets.
"I just saw a typewriter, and you don’t see typewriters often. So, I just got amazed and wanted to see what was going on," said Ho.
"People give us topics and then we write them a poet on the spot, and basically just get to touch and create and interact with a million different people every day," said Joe.
With all that amazing music in the air, comes five days full of dancing, celebrating and flat-out fun.
"For the most part, I’m just out here vibin’ out and letting away stress at the end of the day because dance is my escape," said Thibodeaux.