Drive me a river

by Anna Purdy

A cocktail cruise with dinner and dancing has launched.

Pastor Brothers Cajun Excursions is launching a Vermilion River cruise every Sunday, the only one in the Lafayette area. The boat, called memorably enough the Couyon Queen, launches from Vermilionville at 12:30 p.m. From there the cruise takes its passengers to Outback Steakhouse where lunch orders are picked up and can be enjoyed from the boat. Complimentary beer, water and something called T-juleps will be served if you opt for a liquid lunch instead.

Couyon Queen is a covered boat, so you are protected from the sun. The cruise takes you down and around the Vermilion to see the houses and learn about Cajun culture, something the Pastor Brothers know about - the family is deeply rooted in Acadiana and owns T'Frere's Bed & Breakfast. The idea is to celebrate Acadiana culture with locals and tourists alike.

The cruise ends at 4 p.m. back at Vermilionville. The Vermilionville Living History Museum and Folklife Park functions as a living history museum and has a great dancehall space with bands every Sunday. From here you can go in and dance to live Cajun or zydeco music. July 24 features Curley Taylor and  Zydeco Trouble. Call 205-3276 to reserve your spot on the cruise.