|It is time once again for
the annual Creole Heritage Day Celebration!
This years festivities
will be held on January 19 - 20, 2001.
A first this year will be a zydeco concert preceding the main event. The concert
will be on January 19, 2001 from 7pm until midnight and will be held at the Natchitoches
downtown stage. Several bands from all over Louisiana will be featured. Admission for the
concert is $5.00.
The main festivities, as usual, will be at St. Augustine Catholic Church in Cane
River on Highway 484. The Celebration will begin at 10am and go on until midnight.
Featured at the Celebration will be several "old favorites" like Creole foods,
daylong music, featuring Soul 2000 and Horace Trahan, Mass under the tent, the Country
Store, and Bingo.
Added to the venue are some new activities and exhibits. There will be zydeco
dance lessons, cultural and artistic exhibits, childrens games, and the official
Louisiana Creole Doll exhibit. Also on display will be entrants of the Badin-Roque picture
project from the fourth grade class of the NSU Lab School.
For any family history buffs there will be a Genealogy workshop where people can
view current information acquired by the Louisiana Creole Heritage Center and submit their
own family information as well. Also presented will be a Quilt Registry sponsored by the
Louisiana State Old Courthouse. Participants can have a picture taken of their family
quilts and have them registered.
There will also be book signings by Sybil Kein and Philip Gould, as well as
poster signings of the premiere Creole Heritage Day poster by the creators of the poster.
Other entertainment during the day consists of a live play presented by the
Slidell, LA organization Creoles Sans Limites. The play will feature the demise and
resurgence of the Creole language in Louisiana. At 8pm there will be a dance in the main
tent featuring Geno Delafose.
One major change to the festivities will be the omission of the Taste Fest, a
buffet style dinner featuring homemade Creole foods, donated by families of the community.
Instead, with the purchase of admission, each person will receive five free Creole Taste
tickets. These tickets can be redeemed at participating food booths throughout the day in
exchange for a sample of their goods. Among many, many original food items available are
meatpies, Swamp Balls from the local establishment The St. Augustine Settlement-Museum
& Original Creole Shoppe, known as The Swamp, and famous cracklins from
Jeanminettes Creole Kitchen & Smokehouse.
Admission to the Creole Heritage Day Celebration is $7 for adults, $1 for
children 12 and under. This entrance price includes five free taste tickets, admission to
the dance and a day filled with music, fun, and good people. See you there!
For additional information call 318/357-0602.
Come Zydeco in Natchitoches