Bayou Vermilion Festival & Boat Parade


Bayou Vermilion Festival & Boat Parade

The community is invited to let the good times flow on Sunday, October 18 for Bayou Vermilion District’s Bayou Vermilion Festival & Boat Parade at Vermilionville. The Bayou Vermilion Festival & Boat Parade is a celebration of and on the Bayou Vermilion that aims to increase awareness of the river as a viable source of recreation for Lafayette Parish as well as awareness of the Bayou Vermilion District’s efforts along the Vermilion.


Start the morning off at the Bayou Vermilion Festival, which kicks off at 10 a.m. at Vermilionville. Activities include free face painting for adults and children alike, a bubbles station, live music by Sheryl Cormier & Cajun Sounds, film showings and more. Timeline for the event and more surprises to be announced.

This year’s Bayou Vermilion Festival will include the 1st annual Pack & Paddle “Reduce, Reuse, Re-Paddle Craft” Race at 12:00 p.m. in the Retention Pond in front of the Bayou Vermilion District’s offices. To compete in the race, click here to view the rules and regulations for building your own human-powered (no motors) paddle craft out of recyclable materials.


The Bayou Vermilion Boat Parade will kick off around 2 p.m. with a celebratory toast by this year’s Grand Marshall. The parade will depart from Vermilionville and end at the Camellia Bridge Launch with a celebration complete with live music by Cedryl Ballou & the Zydeco Trendsetters as well as food and drinks. The public is invited to participate in the parade by clicking either the paddle or boat images below to register. Paddlers can register the day of the event at Vermilionville.

Residents and businesses that live along the parade route are encouraged to invite friends and family over to watch the parade from their back yard. Those that do not live along the parade route can watch the parade at Vermilionville, Beaver Park, Rotary Point or at the Camellia Bridge.


10:00 a.m.| Display of antique putt putt boats and cards, kids’ activities including a bubble station and face painting, “Bayou Bones art exhibit + more

10:30 a.m. | “In the Mind of the Maker” film showing + ceremony honoring traditional boat builder Edward Couvillon by Louisiana Folklife.

10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. | Park your car at Camellia Bridge after dropping off your paddle craft or claiming your rented one at Vermilionville; the shuttle will bring you to the race’s starting point.

12:00 p.m.| Pack & Paddle “Reduce, Reuse, Re-Paddle Craft” Race in BVD’s retention pond

1:00 p.m.| Music by Sheryl Cormier & the Cajun Sounds

2:00 p.m.| Parade launches from Vermilionville, led by Grand Marshals Harold and & Sara Schoeffler

4:30 p.m. | Music by Cedryl Ballou & the Zydeco Trendsetters, food by La Cuisine de Maman, beverages (including our special Floatilla Ale by Bayou Teche Brewing), vending and more!