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SHAKE YOUR TRAIL FEATHER FESTIVAL (OCTOBER 20, 2018)

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 20, 2018, the TECHE Project will host the 7th 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 6 pm.  The festivities start with a set by the St. Bernard School children (11:30 to Noon).  Additionally, musicians Stop the Clock (Noon to 1:30 pm), Sweet Cecilia (2:00 pm to 3:30 pm), 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 discussion on how the Teche-Vermilion Freshwater District manages water level in the Teche to aid various industries, to alleviate flooding and to help with coastal restoration work.  We will also have a panel discussion on recreational paddling opportunities on both Bayou Teche and Bayou Vermilion.

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 Cajun 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 (where it will be guarded), go park at the festival grounds to park your vehicle, take the 9:00 am shuttle bus back to your boat. So, now when you paddle to the party your vehicle will be there waiting for you. The Shuttle will have a minimal fee ($5), but the float trip is free to the public and no registration is needed. Please plan to be at Poches by 9:30 for a safety briefing, and note that life vests will be required. If you are interested in renting a boat with a life vest for the Paddle to the Party, contact Cory Werk at Bayou Teche Experience.com.

TRAIL.org is partnering to host the “Trail Feathers” bike event (7:00 am to 10:00 am), which has 2 bike routes (25, and 38 miles) and all bike riders have an option to peddle and paddle with the Cajun Paddle crew with transport of your bike to the festival. Lunch, SAG provisions and other great swag items are included in the registration.  If you are interested in the bike rides or the bike ride and the paddle, contact Patti Holland (howldogfarms@gmail.com or 337-277-4645). You can also register online at Eventbrite under the title “Shake Your Trail Feather”. You are welcome to use your own kayak/canoe for the Peddle and Paddle trip, but you will need to drop your boat at Poches prior to the bike ride. The kayak guard will not be there until 8:30, so we suggest locking it up for safety.

We encourage folks to come to the festival adorned in feathers and compete for the Best Bird Prize!  At the festival grounds, there will also be artisans, several kid’s activities, face painting, food and beverages, and the original festival artwork by Cayla Zeek as well as an awesome kayak (14.5-foot Native Slayer donated by Pack and Paddle) will be auctioned at (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 Bayou Teche Experience 337-366-0337.

Many thanks to our Festival Sponsors!

Atchafalaya National Heritage Area, Courtesy Motors of Breaux Bridge, Pack and Paddle, FM Bank, Teche-Vermilion Freshwater District, Russell’s Food Center, Tour du Teche, SLEMCO, Bayou Teche Brewery, Hub City Diner, Nature’s Link Wellness Center, Rocky’s Bayou Cabins, Poches Meat Market, Myrans Maison de Manger, Silver Slipper, Little Big Cup, Bon Creole Restaurant, Lils on the Teche, T-Boys Lounge, Poches Meat Market, Pat’s in Henderson, Cafe Sydnie Mae, Cayla Zeek, Melissa Hebert, U S Fish and Wildlife Service, St. Martin Tourism Office, Breaux Bridge Chamber of Commerce, City of Breaux Bridge, and the St Bernard School!!