The Bayou Vermilion District hosted its 5th Annual Bayou Vermilion Festival and Boat Parade on Sunday, May 15th at Vermilionville in Lafayette, Louisiana. This community-based event invites the public to participate by celebrating the Vermilion River as a viable source of recreation for Lafayette and surrounding areas, as well as further the awareness of the Bayou Vermilion District’s efforts along the Vermilion River.
Whether dropping off a water craft at the Vermilionville starting launch or setting up to watch the parade flow along, the Bayou Vermilion Festival offered a large variety of crafts and activities for festival goers to participate in. Face painting, yoga, and kid crafts were among the activities offered alongside the Coastal Wetlands Planning, Protection, and Restoration Act’s wetland table. The CWPPRA Public Outreach staff connected the importance of a healthy river ecosystem to the significance of flourishing, active wetland environments by discussing similar animal species which reside and rely on both habitats. Various CWPPRA publications, stickers, coloring sheets, and a chance to play Wetland Jeopardy were provided to the public by the CWPPRA outreach staff.
Paddlers, boat lovers, and parade watchers alike were welcomed to kick off the boat parade with a celebratory toast by the 2016 Boat Parade Grand Marshal, Project Front Yard. The parade continued from Vermilionville and ended at the Camellia Bridge Launch with live music by Cedric Watson & Bijou Creole.