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8th Annual Bayou Vermilion Festival & Boat Parade
Vermilionville
Lafayette, LA
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Date
Sep 28, 2019 8:00 AM



Admission Level Price Quantity
Boat Parade Sponsorship $300.00 ($315.99 w/service fee)
Sponsorship includes (10) wristbands to ride a motorized BVD boat with (10) whistles, (10) life jackets, admission to festival at Southside Park. We will supply food, beverages for full parade route.  
Boat Parade Sponsorship $400.00 ($420.99 w/service fee)
Sponsorship includes (15) wristbands to ride a motorized BVD boat with (15) whistles, (15) life jackets, admission to festival at Southside Park. We will supply food, beverages for full parade route.  
Boat Parade & Festival $10.00 ($11.49 w/service fee)
Register here for the BVD Boat Parade & Festival starting at Vermilionville. *Everyone must purchase a ticket to participate.*See detailed schedule of events below.  
Single Kayak Rental $25.00 ($27.24 w/service fee) Sold Out
Please claim your paddle craft at Vermilionville by 10:00 a.m. the day of the boat parade. Any unclaimed paddle crafts will be given away to people on a waiting list starting at this time.
Canoe Rental (max 3 people) $25.00 ($27.24 w/service fee)
Please claim your paddle craft at Vermilionville before 10:00 a.m. the day of the parade. Rentals come with (1) ticket ONLY. Be sure to purchase a ticket for others in the vessel.  
Tandem Kayak Rental $25.00 ($27.24 w/service fee) Sold Out
Please claim your paddle craft at Vermilionville before 10:00 a.m. the day of the parade. Rentals come with (1) ticket ONLY. Be sure to purchase a ticket for others in the vessel.
Festival Ticket ONLY $5.00 ($6.24 w/service fee)
This ticket is for those who are not participating in the boat parade but want to attend the festival.  
 
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8th Annual Bayou Vermilion Festival & Boat Parade
We are excited to expand this year's paddle route for the Bayou Vermilion Boat Parade! Festivities kick-off at 8 a.m. on the grounds of Vermilionville Living History Museum and Folklife Park and paddlers are welcome to begin staging their paddle crafts at this time. The parade sets sail at 11:30 a.m., so be sure to view the new route and shuttle schedule below. Also, new this year, the parade route will end at BVD's Southside Park, where the final festivities will take place.

The pre-parade festivities include face painting, the Bayou Bones Exhibit, food and beverage sales, and other essentials you may need for your journey. Post-parade activities include live music, arts/crafts vendors, food and beverages, olympic games, snowballs, community booths, Wildlife and Fisheries fish prints, and much more.

*PRE-REGISTRATION IS STRONGLY ENCOURAGED AT $10 PER PERSON
*ON-SITE REGISTRATION IS $15 PER PERSON AT VERMILIONVILLE & CAMELLIA CANOE & KAYAK LAUNCH.

BAYOU VERMILION BOAT PARADE

This year's parade sets sail at 11:30 a.m. from Vermilionville with a celebratory toast by this year's Grand Marshal. The parade proceeds 10.6 miles to BVD's Southside Park. If you prefer a shorter journey, you can join the parade beginning at Camellia Boulevard Canoe and Kayak Launch and end at Southside Park, which is 5.0 miles.

***If you are renting a paddle craft from our facility, please claim your craft at Vermilionville when you arrive at 8 a.m. the day of the parade. Any unclaimed, BVD vessels will be given to those on the waiting list beginning at 10:00 a.m.***

We encourage you to decorate your boat and wear a costume! And, residents and businesses along the parade route are also encouraged to participate by decorating their yard, inviting friends and family over to watch the parade (please make your address visible from the bayou). There will be a contest for the best boat decor, the best costume worn, and the best yard decorations. Those that do not live along the parade route can watch the parade at Vermilionville, Beaver Park, Rotary Point or at the Camellia Bridge Canoe & Kayak Launch.


BOAT PARADE TIMELINE

8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.| Drop off your paddle craft or claim your rented vessel at Vermilionville's boat corral (300 Fisher Road, Lafayette, LA 70508) then park your car at Southside Park on 2201 Robley Drive. A shuttle will bring you back to Vermilionville.

8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. | Pre-Paddle Yoga Session led by Erin Segura


10:45 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. | Begin loading your craft into the water

11:30 a.m. | Parade departs Vermilionville led by Grand Marshal


11:45 a.m. - 1:20 p.m. | Drop-off vessels at Camellia Canoe & Kayak Launch for half parade option


2:15 p.m. | Parade departs Camellia Canoe & Kayak Launch led by Grand Marshal for Southside Park  


4:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. | Bayou Vermilion Festival at Southside Park | Food by La Cuisine de Maman, beverages (including our special Floatilla Ale by Bayou Teche Brewing), Olympic games, snowballs, chair massages, arts/crafts vendors and more

4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.| Meet & Greet with Bayou Operations Crew Members

4:30 p.m. | Live music begins with GTO Party Band

6:00 p.m. | Best Costume, Best Yard, Best Decorated Boat Awards

*Parade participants will be admitted to the Festival at no charge. The admission for festival-goers, only, will be $5 per person (kids under 5 are admitted free).


FULL PARADE SHUTTLE SCHEDULE (Vermilionville to Southside Park)  
Departs Southside Park
9:30 a.m.
10:15 a.m.
10:45 a.m.

Arrives at Vermilionville
10:06 a.m.
11:00 a.m.
11:26 a.m.


HALF PARADE SHUTTLE SCHEDULE (Camellia to Southside Park)
Departs Southside Park
12:20 p.m.
1:05 p.m.
1:50 p.m.

Arrives at Camellia Canoe & Kayak Launch
12:40 p.m.
1:25 p.m.
2:15 p.m.

Location

Vermilionville (View)
300 Fisher Road
Lafayette, LA 70508
United States


Categories

Other > Family-Friendly
Other > Festivals

Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: Yes!

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