Paddle with us to celebrate the beautiful Bayou Teche National Paddle Trail! Our whacky Paddle Parade will start at 10 a.m. at Poche’s Country Club. (Day-of registration at Poche’s is at 9:20 a.m.). This year, we will have 2 options to paddle:

The typical 4.5 mi./2 hr. paddle to Parc des Ponts in Breaux Bridge OR a longer 6.5 mi./2.45 hr. paddle to Lil’s on the Teche in Breaux Bridge.

Please register on Eventbrite before October 22. Tickets for either the shorter or longer paddle are the same price ($15 for adults and $10 for kids 12 and under). The day-of price will be $18 for adults and $12 for kids 12 and under. All tickets include a Festival Pin with this year’s bird: the Mississippi Kite, a common raptor soaring over the bayou during the summer months. There will be a Pre-Paddle Shuttle ($5 cost at the bus) from each location. (The shuttle bus leaves Lil’s at 9 a.m. and Parc des Ponts at 9:15 a.m.). Two bands on decorated barges will accompany the paddlers down the bayou to set the mood! Starting at noon, there will be lunch trucks, libations, merch sales, kids activities and live music by Horace Trahan and the Ossun Express until 2 p.m. If you choose the longer paddle, you will still have time to play at the park, so plan to lunch with us and support The TECHE Project.

We are doing our popular free merchandise raffle for paddlers and a ticketed kayak raffle (donated by Pack and Paddle) at 2 p.m. Also, make sure to dress like a bird to win more prizes!

Please note that registration does not include kayak rental, lunch or shuttle.

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. We currently have 13 paddle trail docks and 15 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: 

Teche-Vermilion Fresh Water District, SLEMCO, Poche’s Meat Market, Courtesy Motors, St. Martin Parish Tourist Commission, Breaux Bridge Chamber of Commerce, the City of Breaux Bridge and the St. Bernard School.