GMA On The Road: Festival International de Louisiane

Posted at 4:00 AM, Apr 26, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-26 10:42:31-04

GMA is One the Road this Friday morning, getting to know the ins and outs of Festival International de Louisiane.

We caught up with Festival Marketing Coordinator Carly Viator. She shared how the last few days of the festival have gone and what those attending can expect.

Festival International de Louisiane performances run from 5:00-10:15 p.m. April 26, 9:00 a.m.-10:15 p.m. April 27, and 11:00 a.m.-7:30 p.m. April 28.

GMA had a taste of what festival-goers can expect from DG and the Freetown Sound and the Daiquiri Queens.

There will be 29 food vendors this year so you’ll want to get an RFID wristband to avoid long lines. The bands are used to buy food, drinks, and merchandise. Load your money onto the wristband by visiting their website or app.

Festival International has two different passes available this year. The Lagniappe Pass offers access to private restrooms and an express beverage line. The Bon Temps Pass offers those perks plus exclusive shaded seating, designated front row viewing, side stage viewing, and an exclusive area only for Bon Temps Pass holders.

The Courir 5k will wind through downtown Lafayette on Saturday. Your participation in the race supports festival. All ages are welcome. Registration is currently closed to runners.

If you’re bringing kids to the festival you may want to check out Scène des Jeunes. There will be free face painting, arts & crafts, and games available to kids. The area will be open this weekend from 11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. at Cathedral Carmel School.

Not all festival performances will be on stages. Bagpipes, brass bands, puppets, and solo acts can be found throughout the streets. Click here for the music lineup. Happy Festival!

Don’t forget to share all of your memories via social media! LUS Fiber’s Ryan DeJean joined GMA to share how LUS is helping festival-goers to stay connected while downtown.

And of course, you can’t attend Festival International without some basic knowledge of French. Visitors from francophone countries are abundant on the streets of Downtown Lafayette. GMA got a little lesson in French from some native speakers this morning. Students from J. Wallace James Elementary showed Dave and Abby exactly how it’s done.