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
Arrives at Vermilionville
HALF PARADE SHUTTLE SCHEDULE (Camellia to Southside Park)
Departs Southside Park
Arrives at Camellia Canoe & Kayak Launch
300 Fisher Road
Lafayette, LA 70508
|Kid Friendly: Yes!|
|Dog Friendly: Yes!|