From weekend festivals highlighting delicious Cajun delicacies like alligator burgers and jambalaya to arts and crafts displays and Christmas parades, there's bound to be something for everyone to enjoy this fall in the River Parishes.
And if your a native or resident of the area, then you'll agree that there's nothing we southerners enjoy more than that of the tasty food and endearing laughter that a good party has to offer and any gathering that can be shared with family and friends ... and even more family ... and even more friends.
Just what are this year's most-anticipated events? Well, with a little help from the River Parishes Tourist Commission, we've compiled a list of the top 10 events that are sure to make it on your to-do list.
The office coordinator for the tourist commission, Coy St. Pierre, says that their phone lines have been ringing off the hook with questions concerning this year’s events.
“We’ve gotten a lot of calls from people inquiring about Christmas events like the lighting of the bonfires and St. James Parish’s Festival of the Bonfires,” St. Pierre told the Herald-Guide.
“For a complete list of festivals, people can log onto our Web site at www.takemetotheriver.com or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.”
So grab your pens and pencils and get ready to mark your calendars because you're not going to want to miss what St. Charles, St. John and St. James parishes have to offer.
2007 Fall Events CalendarANDOUILLE FESTIVAL - Sept. 21st
What: The St. John Andouille Festival features music, good times and of course a delectable cuisine of andouille sausage dishes.
When: Friday, Sept. 21 from 6 p.m. to midnight; Saturday, Sept. 22 from 11 a.m. to midnight and Sunday, Sept. 23 from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Where: 1801 Airline Highway in LaPlace.
Highlights: Cooking contests in which contestants prepare their recipes using andouille in three categories: gumbos, jambalayas and miscellaneous dishes.
Admission: Free. Please have cash on hand for food, drinks, rides and games.
Contact: Call 985-652-9569 or visit www.sjbparish.com/andouillefestival.ALLIGATOR FESTIVAL - Sept. 27th
What: The St. Charles Parish Rotary Club hosts it's annual festival that celebrates the animal for which the swamps of Louisiana have become famous for.
When: Thursday, Sept. 27 - Sunday, Sept. 29
Where: Westbank Bridge Park on River Road in Luling
Highlights: Simply put, the food. Sample fried alligator meat, alligator sauce piquante, alligator balls, alligator burgers, meat pies, jambalaya and much, much more.
Admission: Free. Ticket packages available for rides and games.
Contact: email@example.comOCKTOBERFEST FOR STUDENTS - Oct. 3rd
What: Students, teachers and parents from schools, home schools and day care centers from pre-K through third grade are invited to attend the event that gives a lesson in life lived many years ago.
When: Wednesday, Oct. 3
Where: Destrehan Plantation on River Road in Destrehan.
Highlights: Kids get the opportunity to milk a cow, make moss dolls, make a quilting square, watch a sheep being sheared, plant and harvest vegetables and even grind corn.
Admission: $5 per person.
Contact: 985-764-9315 or visit www.destrehanplantation.com.
A MOURNING TOUR - Oct. 1st-Nov. 3rd
What: St. Joseph Plantation’s main house will be dressed in "full deep mourning" in accordance to the customs and ritual of 19th century Creole Louisiana.
When: Open tours start on Oct. 1 and run through Nov. 3 with daily tours Monday through Saturday at 9:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. and on Sundays at noon and 4 p.m.
Where: The plantation is located along River Road in Vacherie.
Highlights: Experience mourning the way our ancestors did. The front door draped and with a black wreath, covered mirrors, furniture covered in black laced linens and to complete the effect of mourning customs, a black coffin in the main hall with white candles and flowers.
Contact: Call 225-265-4078 or visit www.stjosephplantation.com.
OAK ALLEY FALL ARTS & CRAFTS FESTIVAL - Oct. 27th
What: More than 160 artists and craft vendors from across the country gather at Oak Alley Plantation to showcase original and handmade creations such as jewelry, furniture, clothing, paintings and pottery - just to name a few!
When: Saturday, Oct. 27 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 28 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: 3645 River Road in Vacherie.
Highlights: Bring out the kids for pony rides, a petting zoo and face painting and tempt your taste buds with shrimp on a stick, fried catfish and fried soft-shell crabs.
Admission: $5 for 13 years and older. $2 for kids 6 to 12.
Contact: 1-800-44ALLEY or visit www.oakalleyplantation.com.
RIVER PARISHES FALL FESTIVAL
What: Rides, games, food, drinks, games and live music.
When: Nov. 2 through Nov. 4
Where: 453 Spruce St. in Norco on the grounds of the Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church
Highlights: The Queen of Hearts pageant.
Admission: Free to the public
DESTREHAN PLANTATION FALL ARTS & CRAFTS FESTIVAL - Nov. 10th &11th
What: Over 175 arts and crafts booths, Cajun and Creole foods, antiques and collectibles, craft demonstrations and tours of the plantation home.
When: Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 10 and 11 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: Destrehan Plantation on River Road in Destrehan.
Highlights: Live musical entertainment by Trout Fishing in America, Saturday and Local Option 2.
Admission: $7 per adult and teens. Free for ages 12 and under.
Contact: Call 985-764-9315 or visit www.destrehanplantation.com.OAK ALLEY PLANTATION’S ANNUAL CHRISTMAS BONFIRE PARTY - Dec. 1st
What: The 31st annual Oak Alley bonfire party that marks the Christmas season.
When: Saturday, Dec. 1 from 7 p.m. to midnight.
Where: 3645 Highway 18 in Vacherie
Highlights: Tour guides dressed in antebellum dresses and a brass quintet will lead the traditional parade through illuminated alley to the levee for the lighting of the bonfire.
Admission: $125 per person. To purchase tickets, call 1-800-ALLEY or 225-265-2151. All tickets will be kept at will call and guest will be checked in at the time of arrival.
Contact: Visit www.oakalleyplantation.com.
NORCO CHRISTMAS PARADE - Dec. 2nd
What: The Norco Civic Association sponsors the Norco Noel Parade that features bands, floats, marching groups, queens, horses and other Christmas attractions.
When: Sunday, Dec. 2
Highlights: The parade features bands, floats, marching groups, queens, horses and other Christmas attractions.Contact: Norco Civic Association.
ANNUAL TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY - Dec. 6th
What: The Rotary of St. Charles sponsors the lighting of the parish Christmas tree.
When: Thursday, Dec. 6
Where: Westbank Bridge Park on River Road in Luling.
Highlights: Family fun complete with carolers and great food.
CHRISTMAS ON THE BAYOU - Dec. 22nd
What: The parish’s annual Christmas boat parade.
When: Saturday, Dec. 22
Where: Highway 306 in Bayou Gauche
Highlights: The parade features boats both big and small adorned with lights and decorations along with Santa Claus and reindeer making an appearance.
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