Southwest Zydeco Festival relocating due to recent flooding

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OPELOUSAS, La (KLFY) – Zydeco lovers from near and far will come together this Labor Day weekend for the 34th annual Southwest Louisiana Zydeco Music Festival.

Typically all roads would lead to Plaisance for the festival, but this year all roads will lead to Opelousas to the Yambilee Building.

“It is still zydeco country whether we’re in Yambilee or whether we’re in Plaisance,” said festival organizer, Lena Charles. “It’s still ‘Se Peyi de Zydeco.'”

Charles says due to recent flooding in the Plaisance area, she was forced to change locations.

“We were really working with the site trying to get the site dry enough, but I had to make the decision,” said Charles.

Charles says they’re expecting thousands to turn out for the celebration of the creole culture.

One big highlight of this year’s event–a dedication honoring the person responsible for the continued growth of the festival.

“We’re doing a tribute to our founder Rev. A.J. McKnight,” said Charles, “he passed away on April 17 and it’s through his vision and the treasurers of Opelousas that Zydeco was the way to promote the culture of the Creole.”

Another big highlight includes the mix up of the music schedule.

“We always like to mix Zydeco up like gumbo, so we’re mixing some Southern Soul with Zydeco this year,” said Charles.

Charles says nine performers are expected to hit the stage, rain or shine, for a foot stompin’ good ole time.

Despite the Zydeco Festival having a different location this year, Charles says the event will still offer the same fun experience. She encourages everyone to just come out and do it wit ya boots.

The festival will take place on Saturday, September 3 from 12 am-12 pm. Admission for adults is $15. Kids 12 and under $5.

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