St. Landry Parish, LA

St. Landry Parish, LA

St. Landry Parish Tourist Commission | 337.948.8004 | www.cajuntravel.com

Here in the heart of Cajun Country, we host a wide range of events and activities for residents and visitors alike. Enjoy your stay in St. Landry Parish, Louisiana. This printable listing of events was generated on www.cajuntravel.com!

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  • Jan 27, 2018

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    337-331-2837
    603 E. Landry St.
    Opelousas, LA 70570

    12th Annual Gumbo Cook Off

    The Annual Gumbo Cook-Off heats up with live music, a kids’ activity area, both silent and live auctions, food, drinks, dancing, and lots of gumbo. While this is a free event, the entry fee to participate in the Cook-Off is $50. Prizes are awarded for First Place Champion, Second place, and Third Place. In addition, a specially designed Gumbo Cook-Off Champ Paddle will be passed from the reigning champ to a new contender. Winners of the cook-off will be announced at 4pm. All proceeds benefit a local child and family who are burdened with medical and related expenses.

    This year's gumbo cook-off recipient is seven-month-old, Adalynn Rose Guidroz. Adalynn, daughter of Brooke Gerace & Jason Guidroz of Palmetto, LA, is affectionately known as Addie. At 22 weeks gestation, her parents were given terrible news, that something was severely wrong, and at 24 weeks a maternal-fetal specialist confirmed it was spina bifida. Due to the severity, hydrocephalus began to occur in the womb resulting in the malformation of Addie’s brain tissue. Given the grave prognosis, her family put their faith in God and on February 1, 2017, Adalynn Rose Guidroz was born by C-section at Women’s & Children’s in Lafayette. This was the first of many miracles. She weighed 10 pounds and was breathing on her own, despite an expectation that permanent ventilation would be necessary to help Addie breathe. Shortly after delivery, she underwent a nearly six-hour emergency surgery to place an external drain to assist with the hydrocephalus, along with a partial back closure. This was just the first of many surgeries to come. After 24 days and multiple surgeries, it was felt that she should be transferred to Children’s Hospital in New Orleans where the pediatric neurosurgery team could be readily available. She remained in the NICU at Children’s Hospital for three months undergoing several brain surgeries, shunt placements, and multiple wound closures. Adalynn was finally discharged on May 20, 2017, and was welcomed home by her very anxious, smiling big sister Rylee. Addie has made miraculous progress but still has a long road ahead. Her family will continue traveling back and forth to New Orleans to continue Addie’s care and for future surgeries, along with multiple trips each week for physical, occupational and speech therapy. Join the Gumbo Foundation in showing Addie and her family all the love and support.

    This event is held the last Saturday in January every year.

    Frank’s Downtown and Pride Doran Law Firm | 10am-till | Free Admission 

    337-331-2837
    603 E. Landry St.
    Opelousas, LA 70570

  • Jan 27, 2018

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    337-457-7389
    200 Park Ave.
    Eunice, LA 70535

    Tribute to Hank Williams, Sr.

    Bring your dancing shoes to the City of Eunice annual fundraiser for the weekly "Rendez-vous des Cajuns", and dance to the tunes of Hugh Harris Vin Bruce, Megan Brown, Kelli Jones-Savoy, Terri Huval, Luke Huval, Pope Huval, and Benjamin Bruce. These performers will pay tribute to the life and career of Hank Williams, Sr., who is a legendary singer/songwriter who influenced Cajun music. This is a show not to be missed. 

    Click here to see pictures of past tributes.

    Liberty Theater | 6pm | $15 reserved seating only

    337-457-7389
    200 Park Ave.
    Eunice, LA 70535

  • Jan 27, 2018

    337-349-5814
    252 Church St.
    Grand Coteau, LA 70541

    Grand Coteau Mardi Gras Dance

    Start the Mardi Gras celebration early at the Mardi Gras Dance in Grand Coteau featuring Lil Buck Sinegal and Major Handy playing a range of styles including blues, funk, and zydeco. Lil’ Buck Sinegal is known as a phenomenal guitarist with a career that spans more than five decades. With over 300 recordings under his belt, he has played and recorded with Clifton Chenier, Henry Gray, Rockin’ Dopsie, Buckwheat Zydeco, and other blues artists, including Grammy-winning efforts with Paul Simon’s 1987 album “Graceland.” He also worked as a session guitarist for Excello on swamp blues by Slim Harpo and Lazy Lester. Lil’ Buck was inducted into the Louisiana Blues Hall of Fame in 1999. 

    Major Handy was born and raised as the oldest of seven children in St. Martinville, Louisiana. He has played in the bands of Rockin' Dopsie for many years as well as in the very first incarnation of Buckwheat Zydeco just after Buckwheat had left Clifton Chenier. 

    There will also be a pageant with the king and queen, a second line, and a raffle with great prizes. 

    All proceeds from this event will help with the renovation of the Historic Knights of Peter Claver Hall in Grand Coteau. Tickets are available by calling 337-349-5814 or at visiting P&D Cake Cottage in Grand Coteau.

    Knights of Peter Claver Hall | 9pm-1:00am | $12 at the door, $10 in advance   

    337-349-5814
    252 Church St.
    Grand Coteau, LA 70541


  • Jan 27, 2018

    337-457-8499
    250 Park Ave.
    Eunice, LA 70535

    Traditional Mardi Gras Mask Making

    Every Saturday, local artisans showcase their skills at the Jean Lafitte National Park & Preserve Prairie Acadian Cultural Center. Featured artist include musicians, chefs, and quilters. During the month of January and February, a special demonstration is taking place at the center, a traditional Mardi Gras mask making class. The center will provide the screen and trim for the base of the mask, and you can bring a few items from home to add your own personal flair to your mask. These traditional masks are part of a very old tradition and are required in order to participate in he Courir de Mardi Gras which takes place on February 13,  2018, Fat Tuesday.

    Prairie Acadian Cultural Center | 10am-12pm | Free Admission 

    337-457-8499
    250 Park Ave.
    Eunice, LA 70535