Crowley, Iota ready for Mardi Gras festivities
By: Jeannine LeJeune
ACADIA PARISH – Throughout the state, many Mardi Gras festivities were forced to be postponed due to Saturday’s downpour and deadly tornadoes.
But as the sun began to peak out Sunday, the party atmosphere returned and now it is two of Acadia Parish’s biggest celebrations turn to shine as Carnival d’Acadie enters its final day and the Tee-Mamou/Iota Mardi Gras Folklife Festival will be enjoyed by many from throughout the parish all day.
Crowley’s 11th annual event will once again take place on the Crowley Enterprise Ground and North Parkerson Avenue. Tuesday’s action begins at 10 a..m. and will last until 7 p.m. Events for the day include a costume contest, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., the announcement of the door decorating contest winners, from 12:30 to 1 p.m., and the grand parade, which is slated for a 3 p.m. start time. The day will also feature live music from Chubby Carrier & the Bayou Swamp Band, from 1 to 3 p.m, and Horace Trahan & the Ossun Express, from 4 to 7 p.m.
Food items and refreshments will be sold by local and commercial vendors at the festival. The city reminds those planning to attend no pets or ice chests are permitted on fair grounds. For more information, contact city hall at 337-783-0824.
Meanwhile in Iota, the town’s 24th annual Folklife Festival will be occur. Opening ceremonies for this year’s festival will begin at 9 am. and the festival will close at 5 p.m. Lots of live music will be available throughout the day as youth entertainment, young musicians, a house band and various acts on the main bandstand will be heard throughout the day. The youth entertainment portion will be on stage from 9:30 a.m. until 2 p.m., nonstop. Young musicians include Meghan Brown-guitar and vocals, Judy Meche-accordion, Gavin Guidry-accordion, Briggs Brown-accordion, Braylen Daigle-accordion and fiddle, Mary Tweedel-fiddle and accordion, Bubba Hebert-accordion, the Babineaux girls-accordion and scrub board, Kyle Huval-accordion and Blake J. Miller-accordion. Sound and musical arrangement by Richard Miller. Richard Miller & The Musical Playboys will be the house band.
On the main bandstand at 9:30 St. Joseph’s choir will perform. At 10 a.m. Corey Ledet and his zydeco band will take the stage. Tepetate takes the stage at 12:15 p.m. and Les Tous Petite Mardi Gras (the children’s Mardi Gras) rolls at 1 p.m. At 2:30 p.m. Scotty Pousson & Pointe Aux Loups Playboys will perform on the bandstand and the Tee Mamou Iota Mardi Gras parade will roll throughout town.
Also at the festival various prairie Cajun foods and Louisiana folk craft booths will be available to visit. Fun jumps and slides for the kids will also be available for a bit of supervised fun.