Fall usually means festival time, but many local events were canceled last year due to COVID-19 restrictions. The virus and the aftermath of Hurricane Ida suspended many festivals this year.
But Our Lady of Holy Rosary Catholic Church plans to hold its fifth La Fête des Bayous festival from October 28 to 31 at 44450 La. 429 St. Amant.
The Fête des Bayous kicks off with a family home evening featuring Boo with the badge from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. carnival food and rides. There is no cost to be a Boo Candy Vendor. Trick or Treat will be open from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. for children with special needs who may be sensitive to large crowds. Additionally, La Fête’s annual talent show, Talent After Dark, will begin at 6 p.m. and feature local artists.
La Fête’s third 5 km nuns race will take place on October 30. Early bird registrations are open until October 15. Register early for a reduced price and receive a free festival t-shirt. The Spirit of the Festival will follow at 9 a.m. This Spirit Showcase will also feature the school’s cheer and dance teams, vocal performances, martial arts demonstrations and other performances.
SugarShakers will headline the weekend group on Friday evenings from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday’s band will include Kenny Cornett at noon, That 70s Band at 5:30 p.m. and Parish County Line at 8 p.m. Sunday, Mike Broussard & Night Train start at 12:30 pm to close the festival weekend.
A special open-air mass is scheduled for 10 a.m., followed by the blessing of the graves. Everyone is invited to bring garden chairs for Mass.
In addition to La Fête events, the weekend will also feature jambalaya and okra recipes, new kids’ mini-pot cuisine, live and silent auctions, rides, games, fall activities. including a hay walk and pumpkin patch, and great food. Ride-All-Weekend “Early Bird Special” bracelets are available for a limited time for $ 60.
For information on the festival, registration and Early Bird ride bracelets, visit the La Fête des Bayous website, www.geauxlafete.com or on Facebook: La Fête des Bayous.