Shake Your Trail Feather
TECHE Project is proud to announce the 7th Annual “Shake Your Trail Feather” Festival. The TECHE Project is a non-profit group working to create a Bayou Teche Renaissance by enhancing the quality of life for communities and recreationalists on the bayou. This volunteer group has removed over 53 tons of trash from the bayou and manages the Bayou Teche Paddle Trail, the 1st National Water Trail in Louisiana! They are building floating docks and trailheads in several trail towns along the bayou, including the beautiful full-service trailhead in Breaux Bridge.
Shake Your Trail Feather will begin at 11:30 on Saturday, October 20th. The cost is free; however, the TECHE Project is raising funds for the Paddle Trail by selling an official festival pin for $5. Concert performances will include The St. Bernard School French Musicians (11:30 to 12:15 Heritage Tent), Stop the Clock (12:00-1:30), Sweet Cecilia (2:00-3:30) and Cedryl Ballou and the Zydeco Trendsetters (4:00-6:00). The festival theme this year is the “Working and Playing on the Bayou” and the Heritage Tent, will have a discussions on how the water flow is managed by the Teche-Vermilion Freshwater District to assist the boat building and farming industries as well as a panel of outfitters and event organizers discussing recreational paddling opportunities on both Bayou Teche and Vermilion. There will be artisans selling their wares, and partner organizations (New Acadia Project, Bayou Teche Water Sentinels, Bayou Vermilion District, & Tour du Teche) will be onsite to provide educational information and demonstrations about the various projects taking place in the area. There will be food and drink, face painting, and several games & activities for kids. Pack and Paddle is providing a kayak for raffle, so you can try your luck at winning a Native Slayer 41.5 kayak!. We are encouraging folks to come dressed as birds to compete for the Best Bayou Bird Costume Contest, and of course, to shake their tail feathers!”
At this festival, you can make your journey to the event as much fun as your stay! Cajun Paddle will be partnering by hosting a “Paddle to the Party” float trip. Kayaks, canoes, and paddle boats will parade from Poche Bridge to the festival grounds with a floating band escort, and this year we will have a shuttle service for paddlers! In addition, The TECHE Project is partnering with TRAIL to host the “Trail Feathers” bike event (25 and 40-mile rides). There is also a combined cycle and paddle to the party option that is very popular with recreationalists. Go to techeproject.org for more information about these activities and the shuttle service. You can also contact bayoutecheexpeience.com to rent boats for the paddle trip, and go to Eventbrite to register for the bike/paddle excursion.
Proceeds from the festival go toward building the National Bayou Teche Paddle Trail, so come join the fun and Shake Your Trail Feathers for a good cause!
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