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Two Louisiana parishes celebrating 'Easy Rider'

Posted at 2:28 PM, Aug 16, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-16 15:28:06-04

If you're a fan of the movie Easy Rider, then there is good news for you. Two parishes in Louisiana will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of the release of the movie.

Both St. Mary and Pointe Coupee parishes are featured in the film which stars Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper, and Jack Nicolson.

In St. Mary Parish, downtown Franklin will be transformed to look like movie scenes while holding a screening of the iconic movie and much more on August 24, 2019.

In Point Coupee Parish, the Morganza's 50th Anniversary Easy Rider Festival will take place. The famous motorbikes "Captain America" and "Billy Bike" that the actors rode in the movie were custom built just for the film. In tribute and honor of the Easy Rider bike designers, a custom motorcycle contest will take place at Morganza's 50th Anniversary Easy Rider Festival to be held on Saturday, September 28, 2019.

Details of the events are below:

St. Mary Parish

August 24

Bikers on the Bayou, 50th Celebration of Easy Rider

Teche Drive in Franklin

9 a.m. to dark

Downtown Franklin will be transformed to look like movie scenes. Ben Franklin store, Ice House Sign, old cars, Melacon's Cafe in cooperation with Morganza.

9 am to 2 pm - Self Guided Easy Riding on the Bayou Tour with photo opportunities along the way

10 movie sites. Free patch to 1st 100 participants. Registration packets available at Amelia Belle Casino and Downtown Franklin. Packets include a map, coupons, raffle tickets, trivia contest and more. Download soundtrack - in particular, "If 6 was 9 and I'm Only Bleeding." Cars, motorcycles, Jeeps and trucks invited to participate.

9 am to 2 pm - Car, Motorcycle & Rat Rod Show. Call Jo Aufieri, 337-578-0971

12 noon - to 8 pm - Music on the Bayou

Noon to 2 pm - DJ

2 to 5 pm - Low Down

5 to 8 pm - Dejavu

1 pm & 3 pm - Viewing of Easy Rider

Teche Theatre
501 Main Street, Franklin
Vendors & Photo Opportunities

There will be boat Tours, Food & Beverages, Boat Races and more.


Pointe Courpee

September 28

Famous Melancon's Café Custom Motorcycle Competition

Custom motorcycle contest will take place at Morganza's 50th Anniversary Easy Rider Festival. Custom motorcycle designers or owners of a bike are invited to enter. You may be a professional builder, designer, collector, or simply a nonprofessional who has built one. People are encouraged to come out to compete, win trophies, and earn bragging rights for these works. Your custom design does not have to relate to the film. Any theme will be acceptable. Please do realize that your motorcycles will be seen by thousands of people at the festival; many of which may be interested in commissioning your work or purchasing an existing bike.

For more information leading to the details of this event contact: (337) 592-0192 or visit: