February 16, 2010
Fountain, 79, has marched every year except the year after Hurricane Katrina hit, when he had bypass surgery.
"We're slower than we were, and older than we were," Fountain said with a laugh. "But on Mardi Gras none of it matters."
Tuesday, the final day of Carnival, was sunny and cold with high temperatures expected to hang around 50 degrees.
"I have plenty of antifreeze with me if I need it," said Jessie Grace, 57, playfully waving a flask from his pocket. "If Mardi Gras doesn't warm you up, nothing will."
Grace and about 30 family members and friends staked out their spot on St. Charles Avenue at 2 a.m., setting up chairs and tables. By 7 a.m. gumbo was cooking in a big pot and ribs were on the barbecue grill.
A week after the parade celebrating the New Orleans Saints' first Super Bowl victory, the joy of that win fed right into the Mardi Gras.
Many of those along the parade route wore Saints jerseys. One group of cyclists were costumed as flying pigs, which long-suffering fans had always said they would see if the Saints won the big game.
"Hell froze over," said Sandra Bell, 51, shivering under a blanket. "Can't you feel it?"
Saints quarterback Drew Brees, coach Sean Payton and owner Tom Benson served as monarchs of parades and more players rode with the Krewe of Zulu.
"It's a big, big deal," said Glynn Brown, 55, who said he had taken out a second mortgage to pay for the Saints gear he and his family were decked out in. "But Mardi Gras is our heritage."
February 10, 2010
LOUISIANE-ACADIE, INC. ANNOUNCES
“GRAND RÉVEIL ACADIEN / GREAT ACADIAN AWAKENING”
Lafayette, Louisiana. January 29, 2010 - Louisiane-Acadie, aiming to
fulfill the mission to mobilize all Acadians to participate in the
continued expression of their native French language and culture,
announces "Grand Réveil Acadien / Great Acadian Awakening”, a one week
gathering of Acadians from around the world, to be held in Louisiana in
From September 30 to October 9, 2011, the entire Acadiana Region will
open its doors to welcome family and friends, who want to celebrate and
assist in helping preserve the Acadian/Cajun culture, customs,
traditions and history of the first North American settlers, the
Acadians. The "Grand Réveil Acadien / Great Acadian Awakening” will be
held the week before Festival Acadiens et Créoles and will close with a
huge celebration of renewal on the last day of the Festival
After engaging a group of young adult Cajuns (Les Jeunes Cadiens) to
represent the Louisiana Acadians at the 2009 World Acadian Congress, an
awakening of their heritage became evident. "The spirited Acadians of
the Acadian Peninsula of New Brunswick , hosts of the 2009 Congress,
more particularly the “Grand Rassemblement Jeunesse”, sparked a
renaissance and awakening of our younger generation's pride and
interest in preserving their Cajun ancestor's native French language
and culture,” states Louisiane-Acadie President Ray Trahan.
The Acadians left France in the early 1600s to colonize “Acadie,”
present - day Nova Scotia and New Brunswick, Canada. Years after the
Deportation of 1755, over 3,000 Acadians arrived and settled in south
Louisiana bringing with them the French language and rich
French-Acadian customs. These settlers, now called "Cajuns," are
estimated to number over 600,000. As the Louisiana gulf coast, where
many Acadians settled, dwindles, the Cajuns are forced to move further
north to English-speaking communities. Consequently, as the older
generation of Acadians passes away, our French language and many Cajun
traditions risk being lost forever.
When Cajun parents/grandparents pass away, material possessions from
those loved ones are dearly preserved to remember and honor them.
"There is no better way to honor and remember our loved ones, than to
keep and to live their native French language and culture,” says Trahan.
The importance of keeping this momentum cannot be lost. It is time to
invite the world, especially those of Acadian descent, to join us, in
Louisiana, and continue the fight to keep this culture alive
We have awakened a renewed spirit of our Cajun people and need
everyone, including our international families and cousins, to support
us in our efforts. Vive l’Acadie!
If you would like more information on this event, please contact Ray
Trahan at (337) 288 – 2681 or visit www.gra2011.org and
For your information:
“Grand Réveil Acadien/Great Acadian Awakening”:
Mission: The mission of the Great Acadian Awakening is to awaken the
population of Louisiana and the world, primarily those of Acadian
descent, and in particular our youth, to the realization that, while we
have made positive strides, the people of Louisiana are losing their
French language, culture, and coastal land, and to seek support,
partnerships, solutions and concerted plans of action through these
Executive Board Members:
President Ray Trahan
Vice-President Elaine Clement
Secretary Peggy Matt
Treasury Loubert Trahan
Associate Members Sharon Alfred
Information will be forthcoming as plans are finalized. The web sites,
mentioned above, for Louisiane-Acadie are currently being developed and
should be accessible shortly.
Sponsored by a grant from the State of Louisiana and the Lafayette
February 03, 2010
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.
February 02, 2010
Join the city of St. Martinville, Acadian Memorial, Cultural
Heritage Center at the most romantic and most photographed oak tree
in the United States, a most important aspect of intrigue and
adventure that can bring romance to couples for Valentine Day!
On February 11, 2010 at 6:00 p.m. Longfellow's poem, "Evangeline"
the romance behind it will be part of a tribute to all couples who
were married or engaged under the famous oak tree in St.
Martinville. Many marriage proposals and weddings occurred under the
boughs of this famous and magnificent oak tree situated along the
Bayou Teche. Some of these couples will tell about their reason for
coming to this romantic town and famous tree to keep a most precious
memory of their marriage and proposal.
Peggy Hulin with Old Castillo Hotel: La Place du Evangeline, ( 220
Evangeline Blvd, St. Martinville 337.394.4010 ) will co-host the
event, and the city of St. Martinville invites all couples to be a
part of this annual romantic celebration. Come enjoy a Valentine
romance "Cajun Style" then dine in our historic city.
Enjoy a reception with music, door prizes, lecture on Longfellow's
"Evangeline" and the influence this story has on romance for couples
and the history of the Acadian/Cajuns. Come early and catch the 1929
film of "Evangeline" shown at the Acadian Memorial Conference Room
South New Market~ 337.394.2258.
Free and open to the public.
Brenda Comeaux Trahan
Curator Director Acadian Memorial & Museum of the A.M.
Director of St. Martinville Department of Tourism
www.acadianmemorial.org & www.stmartinville.org