Bayou Vermilion Festival & Boat Parade
Dates TBD

The community is invited to let the good times flow as Bayou Vermilion District’s Bayou Vermilion Festival & Boat Parade returns to 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.

If you're interested in taking part, follow the link to "Sign Up". For more information on the festival and/or the boat parade, continue scrolling. 

If you'd like to take a journey on the Vermilion while staying dry, you can. Click here to read about the Vermilion Voyage.

Bayou Vermilion Excursion Group


The Bayou Vermilion Festival kicks off at Vermilionville. Activities include free yoga, face painting for adults and children alike, a bubbles station, live music, and much more! 


If you're an early bird and would like some more time on the water, there's also a pre-paddle starting at the Acadiana Park Nature Station, arriving at Vermilionville around 12:00 p.m. Or you can begin your paddle at Vermilionville after the Festival with a celebratory toast by this years Grand Marshall. The parade will depart from Vermilionville and end at the Camellia Bridge Launch with a celebration complete with live music by Bonsoir, Catin, as well as food and drinks. While online registration is available, you can also register at Vermilionville the day of the event.

Participants are encouraged to decorate your boat and wear a costume. Residents and businesses that live along the parade route are also encouraged to participate by decorating your yard and inviting friends and family over to watch the parade. There will be a Spirit of The Bayou contest for best boat and costume, and best yard decorations. Those that do not live along the parade route can watch the parade at Vermilionville, Beaver Park, Rotary Point or at the Camellia Bridge.