Bayou Vermilion Festival & Boat Parade

September 28, 2019

Let the good times flow during the Bayou Vermilion Festival & Boat Parade! This annual celebration of the Bayou Vermilion begins at Vermilionville and continues downriver for about four miles to the end point and after party that includes live music, food, and refreshments. Attendees can rent a canoe or kayak or bring their own paddle craft or motorized boat to join in the parade. The purpose of event is to increase awareness of the river as a viable source of recreation for Lafayette Parish citizens. In addition, we celebrate the efforts of Bayou Vermilion District to conserve and preserve sites along the river, trash/debris clean up and water quality management. For more details click here.

Upcoming Dates

September 26, 2020
September 25, 2021
September 24, 2022
September 23, 2023
September 28, 2024

Bayou Vermilion Festival

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.

Bayou Vermilion Boat Parade

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.