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Fairs and Festivals

Cycle Zydeco

Apr 21. 10:00 am

735 Jefferson Street, Lafayette, LA 70501
Lafayette LA 70501
(337) 291-5566

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A 15 year-old tradition rolls through Acadiana April 19-23. 

Cycle Zydeco is a five-day cycling festival that draws people from far and wide to Acadiana. Riders enjoy the world-renowned food, music, hospitality, and natural beauty of South Louisiana. Cycle Zydeco is a celebration of Cajun and Creole culture from the wheels of a bike. The bike tour features live Louisiana music, local cuisine, swamp tours, and Zydeco dance lessons. The goal is to give participants the total Cajun and Creole experience, so they can understand the daily “joie de vivre” of Acadiana.

The Lafayette Convention and Visitors Commission established Cycle Zydeco in 2002, to promote the Acadiana region to cycling enthusiasts. LCVC produced the event for 10 years with help from bicycle tour experts Joan and Dick Williams. The tour is now produced by TRAIL (Transportation Recreation Alternatives in Louisiana), a Lafayette-based non-profit. TRAIL uses proceeds from Cycle Zydeco to fund the creation of bike paths, trails, and other parks and recreation projects.

TRAIL is now offering a “Weekend Warrior” option for Saturday and Sunday. 

Cycle Zydeco started off with 200 riders in its first year and has grown in popularity. This year, TRAIL will welcome approximately 600 riders from all around the United States and abroad. The four-day bike ride is designed to be ridden at a moderate or leisurely pace. The riders take their time to absorb the Cajun and Creole cultures and food, and enjoy the countryside’s pleasant springtime scenery. The laid-back pace helps to save energy for dancing to lively Cajun and Zydeco music at the end of the day.

Cycle Zydeco will meander from Lafayette through Youngsville, Broussard, New Iberia, St. Martinville, Breaux Bridge, Henderson, Arnaudville, Abbeville, Grand Coteau, Washington, Sunset, Opelousas, Carencro, and Scott. The Weekend Warriors will join the main group in Breaux Bridge, finishing the ride at the annual Boudin Festival in Scott, La.

For more information, go to www.CycleZydeco.org. Allons manger, allons danser, allons a Cycle Zydeco!

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