Creole Culture Day

June 11, 2023

Creole Culture Day is held annually in June at Vermilionville. This annual celebration explores the past and living history of the Creole heritage. Each year brings a new theme and with it programming that includes sharing circles, cooking demos, children’s activities, live music, jam sessions, exhibits, boat tours, canoeing, and the Richard J. Catalon Award ceremony where they honor an individual who has contributed greatly to the Creole Culture.

2022 Timeline of Events

Performance Center

10:30 am    Herb Green percussion to start the day
11:00 am    Cedric Watson and Bijou Creole
1:00 pm     The Richard J. Catalon Creole Heritage Award
1:30 pm     Gospel Music Presentation by Francis Leblanc
2:00 pm     Wayne Singleton & Same Ol’ 2 Step

Historic Village | 10 am - 4 pm

  • Authors
  • Storytellers Billy Francis and Howard Ledet
  • Inventions by Creole exhibit
  • Performances and Poetry by Daphne Thomas and Alex Poetic-Soul Johnson
  • Genealogy in South Louisiana with Alex Lee
  • The Paintings of Revina Amos, and the Photography of Joe Walker
  • Traditional Open-hearth Cooking with Ivy Lemieux
  • Crafts for the kids
  • A Zydeco jam session that is open for all!
  • Tours of the historic Broussard home
  • Cooking demonstrations by Deloris Sais and LA Greedy Krystal Moses, and others

Food and beverage will be available for purchase. Admission is free. For more information call (337) 233-4077.

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