The Acadian Memorial Festival, a museum style celebration of the
Acadians who settled in Louisiana, will be held on March 20th., 2010
from 10 am to 4 p.m.
The "Evangeline Oak Park" is the setting for a day of old fashion
Cajun fun. Enjoy an old fashioned spring day of Cajun culture and
traditions with music, cuisine, history, lectures, theatre, films,
demonstrations, storytelling, wooden boat parade/exhibit, antique
cars, and much more.
This day is an opportunity for Acadian families to join together for
reunions and connections. Featured are educational and traditional
opportunities for our younger generation. Bring your children,
grandchildren and elderly family members to reconnect with all Cajun
families. Acadian costumes are encouraged.
The highlight of the day is the Reenactment of the Arrival of the
Acadians to St. Martinville. It will take place on the Bayou Teche
at 1 p.m.
All Cajun family associations should join in a huge welcome of the
Acadians arrival in St.Martinville. Let us make this the biggest day
The two families honored, who will participate in the reenactment,
will be the Breaux and Guidry families. We will need two to four
members from each family to ride in pirogues or barges for the
reenactment. We will furnish the pirogues unless you have one of
your own and want to bring it. It is mandatory that these
participants dress as the Acadian ancestors did during their arrival
beginning in 1764. Most carried all their belongings with them so a
grass sack full of hay, old clothes etc., would have that effect.
Come dressed the part and encourage all your family members and
friends to dress accordingly also.
The festival is free but Cajun food and drinks are sold to pay
expenses. We cook on site: cracklin, boudin, jambalaya, fried fish,
cush cush, cajuns sweets, etc. We also sell drinks: water,
coke, beer, wine. etc. Also, anyone interested in selling their
Cajun products can rent a booth.