SHAKE YOUR TRAIL FEATHER FESTIVAL (OCTOBER 22, 2016)
Shake Your Trail Feather” is an annual musical event celebrating the 130-mile-long Bayou Teche National Paddle Trail. The festival is free but we encourage you to buy a festival pin and merchandise to help our cause. Proceeds from the festival are used to provide paddle-trail amenities and management.
On October 21, 2017, the TECHE Project will host the 6th annual Shake Your Trail Feather Festival in Breaux Bridge at Parc des Ponts de Pont Breaux. The festival will begin at 11:30 am and run until 6pm. The festivities start with a set by the St. Bernard School children (11:30 to Noon). Additionally, musicians Sabra and the Get Rights (Noon to 1:30 pm), Bon-Soir Catin (2:00pm to 3:30pm), and Cedryl Ballou and the Zydeco Trendsetters (4:00 pm to 6:00 pm) will play on the circa 1860 bridge moored on the bayou bank. The Heritage Stage is themed “Working and Playing on the Bayou” and will include a discusion on how the Teche-Vermilion Freshwater District manages water level in the Teche to aid the boating industry. We will also have a panel discussion on recreational paddling opportunities on Bayou Teche.
Cajun Paddle will be partnering to host a “Paddle to the Party”. Kayaks and canoes will paddle 2 hours from Poche Bridge to the park with a floating band escort (10:00 am to Noon). New Improvement—This year, we will have a shuttle service to bring you to the paddle trip! You can drop off your canoe/kayak at Poche Bridge, go park at the festival grounds to park your vehicle, take a shuttle back to your boat, and when you paddle to the party your vehicle will be there waiting for you. TRAIL.org is partnering to host the “Trail Feathers” bike event (7:00 am to 10:00 am), which has 2 bike routes (20, and 38 miles) and they all have an option to peddle and paddle with the Cajun Paddle crew with transport of your bike to the festival, lunch, and other great swag items included in the registration. If you are interested in the bike rides or the bike ride and the paddle, contact Patti Holland (firstname.lastname@example.org or 337-277-4645). You can also register online at Eventbrite under the title “Shake Your Trail Feather”. For more information on the paddle trip, contact Cory Werk at Bayou Teche Experience.com. Yes, you can use your own kayak/canoe, but you will be responsible for transportation arrangements or schedule the shuttle. Also, for safety purposes, life vests will be required.
We encourage folks to come adorned in feathers and compete for the Best Bird Prize! There will be artisans, several kid’s activities, face painting, food and beverages, and a kayak donated by Pack and Paddle will be auctioned (5:00 pm). Proceeds from the festival go toward building the nationally recognized Bayou Teche Paddle Trail, so come join the fun, and Shake Your Trail Feathers for a good cause!
For more information on the festival, bike ride, and paddle excursion, contact Patti Holland at 337-277-4645. To rent a boat for the Paddle to the Party contact Cory Werk at 337-366-0337.
Many thanks to our Festival Sponsors!
FM Bank, Courtesy Ford, Pack and Paddle, Teche-Vermilion Freshwater District, Russell’s Food Center, Tour du Teche, SLEMCO, Bayou Teche Brewery, Hub City Diner, Aqua-Tech Services, Rocky’s Bayou Cabins, Myrans Maison de Manger, Silver Slipper, Little Big Cup, Lils on the Teche, Doug Ashy, Tractor Supply, Poches Meat Market, Pat’s in Henderson, St. Martin Tourism Office, Breaux Bridge Chamber of Commerce, City of Breaux Bridge, and the St Bernard School.