9th Annual Bayou Fest & Boat Parade

9th Annual Bayou Fest & Boat Parade

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We are excited to expand this year's paddle route for the Bayou Vermilion Boat Parade! Festivities kick-off at 8 a.m. on the grounds of Vermilionville Living History Museum and Folklife Park and paddlers are welcome to begin staging their paddle crafts at this time.

The parade sets sail at 11:30 a.m., so be sure to view the new route and shuttle schedule below. Also, new this year, the parade route will end at BVD's Southside Park, where the final festivities will take place.

The pre-parade festivities include face painting, the Bayou Bones Exhibit, food and beverage sales, and other essentials you may need for your journey. Post-parade activities include live music by GTO Party Band, vendors, food and beverages, games, snowballs, fish prints, and much more.




This year's parade sets sail at 11:30 a.m. from Vermilionville with a celebratory toast by this year's Grand Marshals, John & Becky Williams. The parade proceeds 10.6 miles to BVD's Southside Park. If you prefer a shorter journey, you can join the parade beginning at Camellia Boulevard Canoe and Kayak Launch and end at Southside Park, which is 5.0 miles.

***If you are renting a paddle craft from our facility, please claim your craft at Vermilionville when you arrive at 8 a.m. the day of the parade. Any unclaimed, BVD vessels will be given to those on the waiting list beginning at 10:00 a.m.***

We encourage you to decorate your boat and wear a costume! And, residents and businesses along the parade route are also encouraged to participate by decorating their yard, inviting friends and family over to watch the parade (please make your address visible from the bayou). There will be a contest for the best boat decor, the best costume worn, and the best yard decorations. Those that do not live along the parade route can watch the parade at Vermilionville, Beaver Park, Rotary Point or at the Camellia Bridge Canoe & Kayak Launch.


8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.| Drop off your paddle craft or claim your rented vessel at Vermilionville's boat corral (300 Fisher Road, Lafayette, LA 70508) then park your car at Southside Park on 2201 Robley Drive. A shuttle will bring you back to Vermilionville.

8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. | Pre-Paddle Yoga Session led by Erin Segura

10:45 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. | Begin loading your craft into the water

11:30 a.m. | Parade departs Vermilionville led by Grand Marshal

11:45 a.m. - 1:20 p.m. | Drop-off vessels at Camellia Canoe & Kayak Launch for half parade option

2:15 p.m. | Parade departs Camellia Canoe & Kayak Launch led by Grand Marshal for Southside Park

4:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. | Bayou Vermilion Festival at Southside Park | Food by La Cuisine de Maman, beverages (including our special Floatilla Ale by Bayou Teche Brewing), games, snowballs, carts/crafts vendors and more.

4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.| Meet & Greet with Bayou Operations Crew Members

4:30 p.m. | Live music begins with GTO Party Band

6:00 p.m. | Best Costume, Best Yard, Best Decorated Boat Awards

*Parade participants will be admitted to the Festival at no charge. The admission for festival-goers, only, will be $5 per person (kids under 5 are admitted free).

Tags: shows, festivals, and fairs, things to do in lafayette; kayak; canoe; boat parade; bayou fest; vermilion river

Posted By: Vermilionville Living History Museum & Folklife Park

Event Details

Date: September 26, 2020
Time: 8:00am - 7:30pm

Vermilionville Living History Museum & Folklife Park
300 Fisher Road
Lafayette LA 70508

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Brady McKellar

Vendors Wanted!
Vendors will be allowed to purchase a space at Southside Park for $25 to sell items that coincide with our Bayou Fest & Boat Parade.

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Since 1984, the Lafayette Parish Bayou Vermilion District has worked to beautify, conserve and manage sites along the Vermilion ensuring the preservation and enhancement of the natural and cultural resources for the citizens of Lafayette Parish. The Bayou Vermilion District’s mission focuses both on the environment and the unique culture of Lafayette.

On the environmental side of our mission, the Bayou Vermilion District manages boat, canoe and kayak launches in addition to public parks along the river in an effort to promote recreation along the Vermilion. The Bayou Vermilion District also removes trash and large debris from the Vermilion in addition to working with local government to monitor the water quality and water height of the Vermilion. We also work with the school board to educate students in Lafayette Parish about our Watershed and their role in helping to maintain water quality in the Vermilion.

On the cultural side of our mission, the Bayou Vermilion District opened the Vermilionville Living History Museum and Folklife Park as a way to preserve and represent the Acadian, Creole and Native American cultures in the Attakapas region from the time period 1765-1890. Since its opening in 1990, the historic village has become one of Lafayette’s premiere tourist attractions welcoming more than 50,000 visitors each year from around the world. Vermilionville sits on a beautiful tree-covered 23-acre site on the banks of the Bayou Vermilion in the heart of Lafayette, providing a place for history, music, food, cultural exchange, historic architecture and much more.

The Bayou Vermilion District invites you to share in the beautiful, natural and cultural resources we have to share.

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