Mary Tutwiler

Acadian Memorial Festival this weekend

by Mary Tutwiler

Calling all Cajuns. Put on your garde soleil and sabots, and head down to St. Martinville for the Acadian Memorial Festival. Friday, March 14, the festival kicks off with a promenade down Main Street and a crawfish boil . Saturday morning, March 15, the arrival of the Acadians along the banks of Bayou Teche after their deportation from Nova Scotia in 1755 will be reenacted. This year’s festival honors the Bourque and Landry families, whose descendents will play the parts of their ancestors, paddling up the bayou in antique bateaux and debarking at the Evangeline Oak. Throughout the day, the many museums of St. Martinville will be open for historic and cultural exploration. The 1929 silent film “Evangeline,” featuring Delores Del Rio, and shot on location in St. Martinville, will be screened, and there will be traditional music and dancing--be sure to bring your fiddle and t’fer. Cooking demonstrations offer tastes of couche-couche, gratons and wild game, and there will be art projects, games and egg pocking for kids. Click here for a complete schedule or call the Acadian Memorial at 394-2258. This is a festive opportunity to take part in a celebration of Cajun pride, history and tradition in one of the oldest communities settled by the Acadians. Allez-y.