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Vermilionville celebrates the bayou with boat parade and more
Mardi Gras is gone and Halloween is months away, but families can dress in costumes and decorate this weekend for the seventh Annual Bayou Vermilion Festival and Boat Parade.
The biggest event of the year at Vermilionville, the festival encourages participants to wear costumes, dress up their boats and decorate homes and businesses along the Bayou Vermilion.
“This is just a big day of celebration around the recreation of the river,” said Shawntell Lewis-Harrell, director of communications for the Bayou Vermilion District. “We want people to come out and decorate their boats and wear costumes.
“Even those people that live along the river, we’re encouraging them to invite family and friends over to watch the parade and decorate their yards. There will be prizes given for the best decorated boat, best costume.
“A Spirit of the Bayou yard sign will be awarded to the person with the most decorated yard.”
The boat parade begins at 2 p.m. Sunday at Vermilionville and ends at the Camellia Bridge Canoe and Kayak Launch. The parade includes live music from Patrick Henry and the Liberation Band, food, beverages and other activities.
A limited supply of kayak and canoe rentals are available from Vermillionville. Pre-registration is available at vermilionville.org.
The festival, which opens at 10 a.m. Sunday, includes a free yoga class, face painting, and music from the New Natives Brass Band. The first-ever Catfish Rodeo and Cook-Off begins at 10 a.m. with awards issued at 12:45 p.m.
Fishing enthusiasts and chefs can cook fish caught in the bayou, which has been stocked with bass and catfish at multiple locations. A Department of Environmental Quality report states that the Vermilion can be used for fishing. There are no eating restrictions on fish caught in the river.
“For so long, the Vermilion has had such a bad rap because of poor water quality,” said Lewis-Harrell. “But because of the work that the Bayou Vermilion District is currently doing and has done in the past, those things are changing.
“The water quality is much better. We have partnered with Wildlife and Fisheries and we have stocked the river. That’s why we’ve incorporated the Catfish Rodeo and Cookoff because we want people to know that the fish that you catch on the river is now edible.”
Want to go?
What: Seventh annual Bayou Vermilion Festival and Boat Parade
When: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday
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