Carnival des Cajuns

Carnival des Cajuns

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Hope you’re ready to dance all day long, because the Second Annual Carnival des Cajuns is coming up. Another round of foot-tappin’, hand-clappin’ celebration will be from noon to 10 p.m. Saturday, April 16, at the Carl A. Parker Multipurpose Center on the Lamar State College-Port Arthur campus, 1800 Lakeshore Drive. Doors will open at 11 a.m. Mobil Oil Credit Union, 1131 S Memorial Highway in Nederland, will also have tickets. Tickets are $10. Kids 12 and younger will be admitted free.

Headlining this year’s entertainment is none other than Geno Delafose & French Rockin’ Boogie. Geno crafts an eclectic blend of traditional Cajun & Creole music fused with country and western known as nouveau zydeco.

Other acts to get you dancing: Jamie Bergeron & the Kickin’ Cajuns and Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys. Tickets are $10. Purchase at the door or online from:

We know you’ll want some spicy foods to keep you dancing, so head to vendors such as Knights of Columbus of Groves with their crawfish etouffee and Big Boi’s boiled crawfish. Ever hear of red velvet funnel cake? Look for it at the Slurp & Smack. Hocus Focus will offer youth activities.


Dancing, crawfish racing and crawfish eating contests will be part of this fun day. Get ready!

For more information on this Southeast Texas Arts Council event, call 409-835-2787 or contact:
Get to Port Arthur a little early to explore Museum of the Gulf Coast, which features regional musical icons including Wayne Toups; Jivin’ Gene Bourgeois; T.K. Hulin; The Boogie Kings; Huey P. Meux “The Crazy Cajun;” Jerry “Count Jackson” LaCroix; Harry Choats; and Clifton Chenier. Chenier is credited with bringing about the full-body washboard popular in zydeco music.

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