Bayou Vermilion Festival & Boat Parade
May 20 (7:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.)

The community is invited to let the good times flow as Bayou Vermilion District’s 7th Annual Bayou Vermilion Festival & Boat Parade returns to Vermilionville. Check out the schedule below, and then click "Sign-Up" to find out how you can take part!


  7:00 a.m. -  8:30 a.m. | Catfish Rodeo Registration at Vermilionville, Beaver Park & Rotary Point   

  7:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. | Catfish Rodeo commences and ends at Vermilionville; pre-registrants can begin at 7:00 a.m.       

10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. | Catfish Cook-off at Vermilionville - Pre-registrants can begin set-up only at 9:00 a.m. If you did not pre-register online, please arrive at 8:30 a.m. to complete registration.                   

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. | Rodeo weigh-in at Bayou Vermilion District dock  

12:00 p.m. - 12:30 p.m. | Catfish Cook-off Tasting & Judging  

12:45 p.m. | Catfish Rodeo & Cook-Off Awards and Kayak Raffle held on the dock of Vermilionville   


10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. | Drop-off your paddle craft or claim your rented craft at Vermilionville's boat corral, then park your car on Bellaire Rd. at the Camellia Bridge Canoe and Kayak Launch near the Camellia Blvd. Bridge. A shuttle will bring you back to the parade's starting point at Vermilionville.  

10:00 a.m. | Meet & greet with the Bayou Operations Team, kids' crafts and activities including a bubble station, "Bayou Bones" Art Exhibit plus more

10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. | Free yoga class along the Retention Pond 

10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. | Free face painting for adults and kids 

12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. | Live music by the New Native Brass Band

12:30 p.m. | Line up to load your paddle craft for the parade into the water at the canoe launch

 2:00 p.m. | Parade launches from Vermilionville, led by the Grand Marshal and the New Natives Brass 

 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. | Music by Patrick Henry and the Liberation Band, food by La Cuisine de Maman, beverages (including our special Floatilla Ale by Bayou Teche Brewing), vending, games by Olympic Grove, prizes announced for "Spirit of the Bayou" contest and more at Camellia Bridge Canoe and Kayak Launch near the Camellia Blvd. Bridge.

For additional information concerning the festival, please call Brady McKellar at 337.233.4077 x.211 or via email at


Bayou Vermilion Excursion Group


The Bayou Vermilion Festival kicks off at 10 a.m. at Vermilionville. Activities include free yoga, free face painting for adults and children, a bubbles station, live music, fishing, food, drinks and much more! New this year, we are incorporating the Catfish Rodeo and Cook-Off.


Begin your paddle at Vermilionville after the festival at 2 p.m. with a celebratory toast by this year’s Grand Marshal. The parade ends at the Camellia Bridge Canoe and Kayak Launch near the Camellia Blvd. Bridge with a celebration complete with live music by Patrick Henry and the Liberation Band plus food and drinks.

Online registration is open for the 7th Annual Boat Parade and closes on May 19th. If you don't have a chance to register, no worries. You can also register at Vermilionville the day of the event.