The community is invited to let the good times flow on Sunday, May 21 for Bayou Vermilion District’s Bayou Vermilion Festival & Boat Parade at Vermilionville. The Bayou Vermilion Festival & Boat Parade is a celebration of and on the Bayou Vermilion that aims to increase awareness of the river as a viable source of recreation for Lafayette Parish as well as awareness of the Bayou Vermilion District’s efforts along the Vermilion.

BAYOU VERMILION FESTIVAL

Start the morning off at the Bayou Vermilion Festival, which kicks off at 10 a.m. at Vermilionville. Activities include free face painting for adults and children alike, a bubbles station, live music , film showings and more. Timeline for the event and more surprises to be announced.

BAYOU VERMILION BOAT PARADE

The Bayou Vermilion Boat Parade will kick off around 2 p.m. with a celebratory toast by this year’s Grand Marshall. The parade will depart from Vermilionville and end at the Camellia Bridge Launch with a celebration complete with live music by Bonsoir, Catin, as well as food and drinks. Registration opens on April 1. You can also register at Vermilionville the day of the event.

TO REGISTER, CLICK HERE.

Residents and businesses that live along the parade route are encouraged to invite friends and family over to watch the parade from their back yard. Those that do not live along the parade route can watch the parade at Vermilionville, Beaver Park, Rotary Point or at the Camellia Bridge. For a map of viewing locations click on the binocular image below or call (337) 233-4077.

  

TIMELINE OF EVENTS

10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.| Park your car at Camellia Bridge after dropping off your paddle craft or claiming your rented craft at Vermilionville's boat corral; a shuttle will bring you back to the parade's starting point at Vermilionville.

10:00 a.m.| Meet & Greet with the Bayou Operations Team, kids' crafts and activities including a bubble station, "Bayou Bones" art exhibit + more

10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. - Free yoga class along the Retention Pond

10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.| Free face painting for adults and kids alike

12:30 p.m. | Line up to load your paddle craft for the parade into the water at the Canoe Launch

2:00 p.m.| Parade launches from Vermilionville, led by the Grand Marshal

4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. | Music by Bonsoir, Catin, food by La Cuisine de Maman, beverages (including our special Floatilla Ale by Bayou Teche Brewing), vending and more at Camellia Bridge.

SPECIAL THANKS TO OUR 2016 SPONSORS AND PARTNERS