Louisiana’s Cajun Bayou Tourism Awards $67,500 to Support
Festivals and Events Recovery in Lafourche Parish
Raceland, Louisiana (April 12, 2021) – Tourism is an economic force that benefits the entire parish, and today Louisiana’s Cajun Bayou Tourism awarded $67,500 in grant funds to support the return and sustainability of festivals and events in Lafourche Parish.
The tourism office’s 2021 Festivals and Events Support Grant through the Tourism Investment Program (TIP) was created for this year to provide vital assistance to the Lafourche Parish festivals and events industry as it continues to recover from the hardships faced from the COVID-19 pandemic. This year’s special program was designed to provide funds to be used by organizations as they market, advertise and otherwise promote visitation to their festivals and stimulate growth of those events, which are held up and down Bayou Lafourche. Festivals and events are a top tourism draw for Louisiana’s Cajun Bayou, as they showcase the region’s history, culture, food and music to out-of-town guests, who will stay in the parish and help the local economy as part of the process.
Recipients of the funding include the following festivals and events:
· Acadia Music Fest – September 18, 2021
· Big Boy’s Main Street Cook-Off – November 12, 2021
· French Food Festival – October 29-31, 2021
· Friends of Bayou Lafourche, Weir Removal Boat Parade – Date to be Announced
· Golden Meadow Fourchon Tarpon Rodeo – July 1-3, 2021
· Laurel Valley Festival - Date to be Announced
· Le Fete de Vieux Temps - October 1-3, 2021
· Lockport Bayouside Festival – September 11, 2021
· Lockport Food Festival – April 16-18, 2021
· Louisiana Gumbo Festival – October 8-10, 2021
· Papa Noel Christmas Village – Date to be Announced
· TaWaSi Antiques and Art Show – September 10-12, 2021
· Thibodaux Firemen’s Fair – October 21-24, 2021
· Thibodeauxville Fall Festival – November 13, 2021
“The entire board is thrilled to be able to financially assist the parish’s upcoming festivals and events,” said Marguerite Knight-Erwin, Chair of the Louisiana’s Cajun Bayou Board of Directors. “We want to ensure our tourism partners are able to show off our rich Cajun culture as we safely welcome visitors back to Lafourche Parish.”
The first event to take place since the COVID-19 pandemic began is the Lockport Food Festival, which is scheduled for this weekend, April 16-18, at the Lafourche Central Market area, which is located next to the Louisiana’s Cajun Bayou Visitor Center.
“It’s so exciting to see festivals and events safely returning to the parish,” said Cody A. Gray, President & CEO of Louisiana’s Cajun Bayou Tourism. “Not only are festivals and events crucial to our local travel industry, but they are also woven into the very fabric of our communities up and down the Bayou. I look forward to seeing visitors and residents together again, enjoying the Bayou life.”
TIP was implemented in 2016 and has awarded more than $250,000 in grants since its inception. Each year the program has been able to reinvest more money into the destination, adding to the collection of experiences the parish can offer.
For more information about how the parish positions itself as a phenomenal tourism destination, please visit www.lacajunbayou.com.