SHAKE YOUR TRAIL FEATHER PADDLE PARADE (OCTOBER 16, 2021)
Shake Your Trail Feather is an annual festival celebrating the 130-mile-long Bayou Teche National Paddle Trail. The 10th Annual Festival will take place on October 16 and will consist of a Whacky Paddle Parade from Poche Bridge County Club in Poche Bridge to Parc des Ponts in Breaux Bridge (10 a.m. to noon). We invite non-paddlers to come to the Parc and welcome our feathered floating friends at noon. There will be lunch and libations available for purchase and music on the loud speaker, so come picnic with us on a beautiful fall day at scenic Parc Des Ponts. We plan to have a Best Bird Costume Contest, so arrive with your beaks and feathers on! There will also be a free raffle of various gift certificates at 1 p.m. for those who can show that they are vacinated!
The ever-popular “Paddle to the Party” floating parade will start at 10 a.m. (check-in behind the Poche Bridge County Club between 9:15 and 9:45 a.m.). Bands Amis du Teche and the UL Cajun Band Ensemble will escort the paddle parade on two barges to set the mood as folks float for a leisurely two-hour paddle down beautiful Bayou Teche. We ask that paddlers register in advance on Eventbrite. The cost of registration is $10 and includes your ticket to the parade and our annual event pin that has this year’s festival theme bird the Prothonotary Warbler. (Registration does not include kayak rental. Please see below for rental options.)
We will provide a pre-parade shuttle service to bring you to the paddle party! You can drop off your canoe/kayak at Poche Bridge by 8:30 am (where it will be guarded), go park your vehicle at the festival grounds, and take the 9 a.m. shuttle bus back to your boat. So, when you paddle to the party, your vehicle will be there waiting for you. The shuttle will have a minimal fee of $5, and masks are required on the bus. You can also choose to shuttle yourself, but plan to be at Poche’s by 9:30 a.m. 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 Bayou Teche Experience, Pack and Paddle or The Backpacker. We also ask that the parade be limited to non-motorized watercraft.
This event is a fundraiser for The TECHE Project, and proceeds go toward building the Bayou Teche National Paddle Trail, which will provide access docks and other amenities for paddlers in the 15 towns along Bayou Teche. This fall, we will have 12 paddle trail docks and accompanying informational kiosks installed on the bayou!
If you have access to the Bayou Teche between Poche Bridge and Breaux Bridge, join us on the bank for parade viewing and a good time as we “Shake Our Trail Feathers” down the bayou!
Many thanks to our Festival Sponsors:
Atchafalaya National Heritage Area, Paddle the Gulf, Teche-Vermilion Fresh Water District, FM Bank, SLEMCO, Bayou Teche Brewery, Hub City Diner, Poche’s Meat Market, Little Big Cup, Russells Food Store, Taco Sisters, St. Martin Parish Tourist Commission, Breaux Bridge Chamber of Commerce, the City of Breaux Bridge and the St. Bernard School.