St. Martinville, La.

Gather your friends and families together at the Acadian Memorial Festival this Saturday. You can reconnect in a beautiful setting in the downtown historic city of St. Martinville under the famous Evangeline Oak tree. (Evangeline Oak Park)

This festival offers a very unique way to learn more about the Acadians’ settlement in Louisiana while engaging all your senses: Appreciate the aroma and flavor of Cajun cuisine cooked before your eyes, hear the sounds of Cajun musicians and the footsteps of dancers, see the Bayou Teche come alive with antique wooden boats parading and recreating the arrival of the Acadians to Louisiana and feel the soul of the Cajuns of our past.

The Festival features antique wooden pirogues, Putt Putts and other remembrances of “Old Times” in the waters of South Louisiana. This year, the event will honor someone who has shown outstanding achievement in preserving or restoring traditional South

Louisiana vessels, especially those indigenous to the Atchafayala swamp region. Two winners will be recognized during the Festival at a special ceremony and interviewed to record their story of preservation and/or restoration.

A full day of events with great music, food, French theater, kids’ activities, films, demonstrations, the reenactment of the arrival of the Acadians in Louisiana and a display of antique wooden boats and cars. Hope to see you in St.Martinville!

See Schedule below:

Free and open to the public, the organizers encourage everyone to wear costumes. The 2012 Festival will honor the Bernard and Martin families. Renaissance Cadienne, Cajun Folkloric Group, will perform at the opening ceremony and Théâtre Acadien will perform vignettes en français at the Acadian Memorial. Hall.

10:00 am—Opening Ceremony

10:00-4:00 pm—Antique Car Show / Showings of the 1929 silent film “Evangeline” at the St. Martinville Cultural Heritage Center

10:00-3:00 pm—Wooden Putt-

Putt Boat Congrès with free

rides on the bayou

10:30-12:30 pm—Cajun music

with Mark de Basile, Randy

Vidrine and Al Berard

11:00 am—Wooden Boat Parade,

Bayou Teche. Crowning

of the first Monsieur or Madame

Bateau de Bois

1:00 pm—Reenactment of the

Arrival of the Acadians in

Louisiana, featuring the

Compagnie Franches de la

Marine on the Bayou Teche

1-3:30 p.m. Cajun music with

Lisa Trahan et L’Esprit Cajun

3:30 pm— Closing Jam Session