SHAKE YOUR TRAIL FEATHER FESTIVAL (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 in scenic Breaux Bridge at Parc des Ponts. Live music in the park starts at noon with crowd favorites Stop the Clock (noon-1:30 p.m.), Bonsoir, Catin (2-3:30 p.m.) and Horace Trahan and the Ossun Express (4- 6 p.m.). The event is free, but we encourage you to buy the annual festival pin to show your support for the Bayou Teche Paddle Trail. Included at the park are kids’ activities, artisans, food and drink and a Heritage Tent with ecological and cultural speakers. We also plan to have a Best Bird costume contest, so come with your beaks and feathers on!
The ever-popular “Paddle to the Party” floating parade will start at 10 a.m. (check-in behind Poche’s Meat Market between 9:15 and 9:45 a.m.). The band Amis du Teche will escort the parade via barge to set the mood as folks float for a 2-hour paddle parade down beautiful Bayou Teche. We ask that you 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. We will provide a shuttle service to bring you to the paddle party! You can drop off your canoe/kayak at Poche Bridge (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, now when you paddle to the party, your vehicle will be there waiting for you. The shuttle will have a minimal fee of $5. Please 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 Cory Werk at 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:
Athafalaya National Heritage Area, Pack and Paddle, Teche-Vermilion Fresh Water District, Courtesy Motors of Breaux Bridge, Russell’s Food Center, SLEMCO, Bayou Teche Brewery, Hub City Diner, Poche’s Meat Market, St. Martin Parish Tourist Commission, Breaux Bridge Chamber of Commerce, the City of Breaux Bridge and the St. Bernard School.