The 48th International Acadian Festival & Water Ceremony will be held October 14-16, 2016 at The Bayou Plaquemine Waterfront Park, 57845 Foundry St., Plaquemine, LA 70764.
Legend has it that Emmeline LaBiche (Evangeline) traveled through Plaquemine on the waters of Bayou Plaquemine on her journey to the Teche Country in search of her lover Louis Arceneaux (Gabriel). As the story goes, she and her Indian guide spent the night on the banks of the bayou in what is now the City of Plaquemine. Thus, the basis of the festival was formed. A weekend of games, great music, rides and delicious food prepared by our own K.C. Council #970 makes for a wonderful weekend of fun.
Festival Mass & Water Ceremony: The weekend before, join Evangeline, her court and the Knights of Columbus for a beautiful English/French mass in the “Cathedral on the Bayou”, St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church at 5:00 p.m. After mass, enjoy the Water Ceremony on the banks of Bayou Plaquemine. The Water Ceremony begins as the sun goes down and torches in the bayou are lit. The canoes, paddled by Native Americans, begin their journey down Bayou Plaquemine carrying the Indian Princesses as they herald the way for Evangeline. Fireworks and music complete the event at the park.