St. Landry Parish, LA

St. Landry Parish, LA

St. Landry Parish Tourist Commission | 337.948.8004 | www.cajuntravel.com

Here in the heart of Cajun Country, we host a wide range of events and activities for residents and visitors alike. Enjoy your stay in St. Landry Parish, Louisiana. This printable listing of events was generated on www.cajuntravel.com!

Events

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  • Feb 24, 2017 - Feb 26, 2017

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    337-319-0639/832-217-6935
    1939 W. Landry St.
    Opelousas, LA 70570

    Lil Nate's 7th Annual L'Argent Chicken Run, Rodeo, & Parade

    It's a Mardi Gras weekend in Opelousas with parades, a chicken run, and zydeco headliners including Lil Nate, Chris Ardoin, Brian Jack, and Leon Chavis! Start making your plans now. 

    Friday, February 24 
    10pm-2am – Kickoff Dance with Chris Ardoin & Nustep Zydeco at Miller's Zydeco Hall of Fame

    Saturday, February 25 - Events at Yambilee Arena Building
    1pm – Go to the rodeo featuring roping, barrel racing, and buddy pickup
    10pm-2am – J Paul Jr. & The Zydeco Nubreeds 

    Sunday, February 26 - Events at Yambilee Arena Building
    12pm – The trail ride leaves from the Yambilee Arena
    1pm – The parade will leave the Yambilee grounds, head south on Railroad Ave., west on Park Ave., and north on Bullard St. Once the parade approaches Hwy. 190, it will continue west on Charles Burr Ln., north on Colorado Ave., and back to the Yambilee grounds on Vine St.
    4pm-8pm – Leon Chavis & The Zydeco Flames | Lil Nate & The Zydeco Big Timers  

    Miller's Zydeco Hall of Fame at 11154 Hwy. 190, Opelousas | Yambilee Arena at 1939 W. Landry St. (Hwy. 190), Opelousas

    337-319-0639/832-217-6935
    1939 W. Landry St.
    Opelousas, LA 70570

  • Feb 24, 2017

    337-948-6263
    120 S. Market Street
    Opelousas, LA 70570

    Downtown Opelousas Mardi Gras Celebration

    Get into the carnival spirit with live music Cajun and zydeco music by Geno Delafose & French Rockin' Boogie! This event is dedicated to preserving and promoting our distinct Cajun and Creole roots that are traced back to the city’s rich history. This celebration is held the Friday before Mardi Gras day every year featuring a contest for the best Mardi Gras costume with prizes to be given away. 

    Delta Grand Theatre | 7pm-10pm | Free Admission

    337-948-6263
    120 S. Market Street
    Opelousas, LA 70570

  • Feb 24, 2017 - Feb 28, 2017

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    337-457-7389
    Eunice, LA 70535

    Cajun Country Mardi Gras Celebration

    This unique five-day celebration is not your typical idea of Mardi Gras with beads and doubloons. In fact, you won’t find these trinkets in sight, but instead, men and women on horseback donned in hand-crafted wire masks, tall hats called capuchons, and very distinctive costumes. This one of a kind celebration begins the Friday before Mardi Gras Day, but the main event is the Courir de Mardi Gras procession or “chicken run” which involves chasing a live chicken to collect for a community gumbo, and silliness by revelers all day. Don’t wait till Fat Tuesday to join in the fun. Throughout the weekend, experience the town’s rural traditions with jam sessions, street dances, cooking demos, Mardi Gras exhibits, and a special Liberty Theater show. A Lil' Mardi Gras run for children and teenagers is held Sunday as well as an old time boucherie (hog butchering).  

    The Eunice Courir de Mardi Gras dates back from when the town was first established in the late 19th century. The Courir was abandoned for a few years during World War II, but in 1946 a small band of riders revived the tradition. Today, the Eunice Courir de Mardi Gras has more than 2,000 participants on the run, and it continues to increase each year. 

    Click here to see pictures of last year's Eunice Courir de Mardi Gras events.

    Friday, February 24 (stage at Walnut & 2nd St.)
    7pm – Wayne Toups
    10pm – Spank The Monkey 

    Saturday, February 25 (stage at Walnut & 2nd St.)
    10am – T'Monde
    12pm – Jason Frey & Lagniappe
    4pm – Fred Charlie & Friends 
    7pm – Kyle Huval & The Dixie Club Ramblers
    9pm – Jamie Bergeron & Kickin' Cajuns  

    Saturday, February 25 (various locations)
    12pm-3pm – Jam session and cooking demo at Jean Lafitte National Park 
    3pm – Parade of Paws (Cajun Canine Mardi Gras Dog Parade
    6pm-7:30 pm – Liberty Theatre Show
    6pm – Live music at Rocky's Cajun Kitchen 
    7:30pm – Fais Do-Do Barn Dance at Lakeview Park & Beach  
    9pm – Live music at Ruby’s Restaurant & Courtyard 

    Sunday, February 26 (stage at Walnut & 2nd St.)
    10am – Ryan Simon & Acadien
    12pm – La Recolte 
    4pm – Bubba Hebert & New Morse Playboys

    Sunday, February 26 (various locations) 
    9am – Lil' Mardi Gras (childrens’ run) leaves the Eunice Recreation Complex 
    9:30am-11am – Old Time Boucherie (hog butchering) on 2nd St.
    3pm – Lil' Mardi Gras arrives downtown on 2nd St.
    7:30pm – Fais Do-Do Barn Dance at Lakeview Park & Beach

    Monday, February 27 (stage at Walnut & 2nd St.)
    6pm – Line Leaf Boys 
    9pm – Travis Matte & The Zydeco Kingpins 

    Monday, February 27 (various locations)
    12pm – Presentation at the Liberty Theatre – history of rural Mardi Gras with Dr. Barry Ancelet
    1pm-3pm – Mardi Gras dance at the Northwest Community Center
    9pm – Live music at Ruby’s Restaurant & Courtyard
    9pm – Fais Do-Do Barn Dance at Lakeview Park & Beach

    Tuesday, February 28 (stage at Walnut & 2nd St.)
    9:30am – Wallace Trahan & Rice & Gravy
    11am – Ronnie Matthews & Throw Down
    1:30pm – Paul Daigle & Cajun Gold
    4pm – Steve Riley & The Mamou Play Boys 
    6:30pm – Leroy Thomas & The Zydeco Roadrunners

    Tuesday, February 28 (Mardi Gras Day)
    8am – Courir leaves the Northwest Community Center 
    10am – Arts and crafts, food, music, and dancing (downtown)
    3pm – Truck Parade followed by the Courir de Mardi Gras
    6pm – Live music at Ruby’s Restaurant & Courtyard 
    7:30pm – Fais Do-Do Barn Dance at Lakeview Park & Beach

    337-457-7389
    Eunice, LA 70535