Bayou Vermilion Festival & Boat Parade set for Oct. 20

Bayou Vermilion District will hold the Bayou Vermilion Festival & Boat Parade at Vermilionville on October 20.

The parade is a celebration of and on the Bayou Vermilion that aims to increase awareness of the river as a viable source of recreation for Lafayette Parish and also serves as a fundraiser for the Bayou Vermilion District's efforts along the Vermilion.

The Festival will kick off at 10 a.m. with a viewing of antique putt-putt boats and engines as well as a discussion with the boat owners from around the South.

The day continues with a preview of the upcoming film by Charles Richard In the Mind of the Maker, followed by a panel discussion on Louisiana Boat Building Techniques: Past to Present.

There will also be a screening of The Pirogue Maker in its rare color format with musician Scott Ainslie providing the live soundtrack.

Following the film will be the unveiling of one of the pirogues created for Robert Flaherty's, “Louisiana Story,” that is currently on loan to Vermilionville.

There will also be a kid's corner with crafts like cork boats, recycle planters, boat carving, homemade sidewalk chalk and knot tying demos by the Boy Scouts throughout the day.

There will also be guided tours of Bayou

Vermilion District's rain garden and native plants, canoeing, Bayou Vermilion boat tours, cooking demos and tunes by the Plate Lunch Playboys and a performance by Chubby Carrier & the Bayou Swamp Band.

Admission to the Festival will be $5 for adults, $3 for students and seniors, children 6 & under enter free.

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