Mary Tutwiler

Party like it's 1859

by Mary Tutwiler

The first bridge to span the Teche in Breaux Bridge was a suspension bridge made of ropes and planks, strung together by local landowner Firmin Breaux. Because there was a way to cross the bayou, the town was founded, in 1829, at the site of Breaux’s bridge. This weekend marks the 150th birthday of Breaux Bridge, which will be celebrated, as you might guess, at the foot of the bridge.

The birthday party takes place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Sept 12. Events begin at 10 a.m. with a Brave Women of Breaux Bridge breakfast in Veterans Park. The celebration takes place all over the historic downtown, with art exhibits, a French Mass at St. Bernard Church, a beard growing contest, and a convergence of some of the best musicians in the area, who just happen to live in Breaux Bridge. For a listing of events and a map of venues, go to the Breaux Bridge 150 Birthday Celebration Web site.