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Posted at 11:57 AM, Oct 14, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-14 12:57:05-04

If you’re looking for something to do today, there’s a long list of possibilities.

If you’re hungry for gumbo, the 29th annual World Championship Gumbo Cookoff is underway at Bouligny Plaza in New Iberia. To see our story about it, click here.

Festivals Acadiens et Creoles continues today in Girard Park, with all kinds of food, music, arts and crafts, cultural presentations and jam sessions. To check out the schedule, click here.

There’s also the Cattle Festival, underway in Abbeville at the Red Barn, with a cook-off, carnival and family activities until 5 p.m. To see the schedule and see pictures and video from yesterday’s events, click here.

If you’re in the mood for something a little different, how about jousting? The annual Tournoi de la Ville Platte happens today, as part of the Cotton Festival.

According to information from organizers, the competition first was held in Louisiana in the 19th century, and was revived back in the 1950s. The knights wear traditional garb while riding horseback at high speed around a semicircular quarter mile track. They lose lances to try to spear and hold seven small rings around the track, each of which symbolizes an enemy of cotton.

Le Tournoi championship begins at 2 p.m. at 1022 Vocational Drive in Ville Platte, after the Cotton Festival parade is over.  There’s also a carnival at the festival; for video from yesterday’s events, click here.

To check out the weather forecast for today, click here.