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 and to promote the BVD’s efforts along the Vermilion. This year’s boat parade will take place on Sunday, May 21.
Bayou Vermilion Festival
The day begins with the Bayou Vermilion Festival, starting at 10 a.m. at Vermilionville. This year’s festival will include a free morning yoga class, a “Bayou Bones” art exhibit, kids’ crafts and activities, free bayou-themed face painting, live music and more.
Bayou Vermilion Boat Parade
Boats and paddle crafts of any shape and size are welcome to participate in the boat parade, which launches from Vermilionville at 2 p.m., led by the Grand Marshal barge. The parade will depart from Vermilionville and end at the Camellia Bridge Launch with live music by Bonsoir Catin, food by La Cuisine de Maman and beverages, including the Boat Parade’s own craft beer, Floatilla Ale, made by Bayou Teche Brewing.
In 2016, nearly than 200 water crafts including stand-up paddle boards, canoes, kayaks, fishing boats, yachts and even a 40-foot dragon boat set sail on the Bayou Vermilion. Those wishing to register for this year’s boat parade can do so by going to BayouVermilionDistrict.org/boatparade. The first 100 people to register online before May 21 with a donation of $10 or more will receive a commemorative buoyant keychain.
Businesses as well as residents who 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 Launch for the finale. The after party at the Camellia Bridge Launch is free and open to the public. For a map of viewing locations visit BayouVermilionDistrict.org or call (337) 233-4077.