The community is invited to join the Bayou Vermilion District’s Vermilionville as they celebrate their annual Creole Culture Day on Sunday, June 1 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. at their historic park.
Every year Vermilionville hosts this free event for the public to explore the history and evolution of the Creole community. This year’s Creole Culture Day will focus on females in folklore and the activities planned for the day will include: storytelling, an inventions & Clementine Hunter exhibit, cooking and craft demonstrations, kid’s games and crafts, canoeing, music in the Performance Center by Mary Jane Broussard & Sweet La La as well as Donna Angelle & Her Zydeco Posse plus a Creole Jam in the village led by Chubby Carrier.
The gospel choir from The New Church, formally Malleluh Emmanuel will also perform traditional and contemporary hymns. Each year for Creole Culture Day Vermilionville and the Catalon Family present a representative of the Creole community with the Richard J. Catalon Sr. Creole Heritage Award in recognition of outstanding lifetime contributions to the preservation of the Creole culture and to the community. This year’s recipient is artist, humanitarian and cultural activist Rebecca Henry, who is celebrated for her contributions to the development of the Creole culture for the future generation.
Past award recipients include: Willis Prudhomme, Goldman Thibodeaux, Donald Cravins, Sr., Herbert J. Wiltz, Deborah Clifton, John Broussard, Herman Fuselier, Mary L. Goody and Geno Delafose.
For a timeline of events for this year’s Creole Culture Day and more information visit Vermilionville.org or call (337) 233-4077.