First gay pride festival in Acadiana

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Rainbow flags and sparkles adorn event organizer Ted Richard's shirt; just a taste of the Acadiana PRIDE Festival that came to Lafayette on Thursday. It's the first gay pride festival to hit Cajun country.

“We have lots of children's activities. The theme of our festival this year is celebrating family so we want lots of families to come out,” says Richard.

It's a four day festival. Opening ceremony was at Cite des Arts on Thursday. The festival will move onto Parc International on Friday and Saturday and finally close out on Sunday at Cite des Arts.

Cite des Arts was featuring a drag musical—Chez Gisele. Richard, also the show's producer, says it's based on a true Acadiana story about the first gay cabaret in Lafayette during the 1960s and 1970s.

If musical theatre isn't your thing, Richard says there will be plenty of local and familiar acts in the park.

“Geno Delafose and French Rockin' Boogie, followed by Brandon Moreau and his Cajungrass and Jason Dottley,” says Richard.

Richard says some of the musical acts were eager to sign onto the festival without pay and thousands of dollars in donations have been pouring in from all members of the local community.

He says, as of Thursday, reception has been all positive.

“We have not received any negative publicity. No protest people have signed up for any kind of protest here in Lafayette for our festival,” says Richard.

For more information on the festival, go to: www.acadianapridefestival.com

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