On October 17, 2015, the TECHE Project will host the 4rd annual Shake Your Trail Feather Festival in Breaux Bridge at Parc des Ponts de Pont Breaux. The festival is a free event celebrating the Bayou Teche Paddle Trail and will begin at 11:30 am and run until 6pm.


The festival gets kicked off with a set by the St. Bernard School children (11:30 to 12:15). Additionally, musicians David Greely and Megan Brown (Cajun folklore- Noon to 1 pm), the Magnolia Sisters (Gramy nominated-Cajun 1:30pm to 3:30pm), and Horace Trahan and the Ossun Express (Creole/Zydeco – 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm) will play on the circa 1860 bridge moored on the bayou bank.

The Heritage Stage will include a premiere of Charles Richard’s documentary about wooden boat builders “In the Mind of the Maker” (1 pm) historical/cultural interviews with boat builders on the Teche (2 pm), and demonstrations on boat carving (3 pm).

Cajun Paddle will be partnering to host a “Paddle to the Party”. Kayaks and canoes will paddle 2 hours from Poche Bridge to the park with a floating band escort (10:00 am to Noon). TRAIL is partnering to host the “Trail Feathers” bike event (7:00 am to 11:00 am), which has 3 different bike routes, and they all have an option to peddle and paddle with the Cajun Paddle crew.

We encourage folks to come adorned in feathers and compete for the Best Bird Prize. There will be artisans, several kid’s activities, face painting, food and beverages, and a kayak donated by Pack and Paddle will be auctioned (5:00 pm). Proceeds from the festival go toward building the National Bayou Teche Paddle Trail, so come join the fun, and Shake Your Trail Feathers for a good cause!

Good Luck Racers! #GeauxPaddle #TourDuTeche

The TECHE Project would like to wish a safe journey to all those who will be paddling in the Tour Du Teche this weekend. We hope that you enjoy Louisiana’s only and the countries 18th National Water Trail. If anyone is interested in following the race online you can visit We want to remind all of you to tell these racers hello as they pass and ask where they are coming from, you may even want to offer them some water or a pit stop to use your bathroom. They have 135 miles to travel! If you take any photos throughout the weekend please use the hashtag #GeauxPaddle #TourDuTeche so that everyone can see them. We will select some photos and share them on our social media pages! You can follow us @techeproject on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. See you on the Bayou!

The icon of Breaux Bridge saved

Breaux Bridge, La. (KADN)

The city of Breaux Bridge finally got its wish after pushing the state for years to repair its iconic bridge that had been corroding for a long time .

The state has agreed to fund the project.

“It was complete surprise to me.” said Breaux Bridge Alderman Bimmie Champagne who led the charge in getting Baton Rouge to fix the bridge.

It came as a shock because repairing the bridge’s superstructure was pretty low on the state’s priority list since the foundation was recently fixed but Breaux Bridge wasn’t going to accept that.

“Baton Rouge finally got the message that we were not going to give in and back off.” said Mayor Ricky Callais.

Before the state announced it would foot the bill, residents fundraised about $10,000 to save the bridge

The city is now making sure that the money already saved doesn’t go to waste.

“The money that we have raised will continue to pressure washing the bridge and will continue to go to its upkeep.” said Breaux Bridge Area Chamber of Commerce President, Joseph Pearson.

The state will spend 1.2 million dollars to remove the red lead from the superstructure and it give a fresh paint job.

Champagne has a suggestion for a new color.

“A bronze color would really enhance the bridge. I think it would give it a little more of an antique look.” said Champagne.

Although funds have been set aside to repair the bridge, the project won’t begin until 2017.


On October 17th, the TECHE Project will hold our annual celebration of the National Bayou Teche Paddle Trail at Parc du Pont in Breaux Bridge, and proceeds from the festival go to building the paddle trail, so come show your support by attending the festival and purchasing a festival Pin.  We have an awesome line up of music and several recreational activities for kids and grown ups alike.  If your interested in finding our more about the bike ride and the Paddle to the Party, or if your interested in helping out at the festival, contact Patti Holland at

Super Moon Lunar Eclipse. Watch it live here!

For the first time since 1982 and the last time until 2033 experience the joy of watching the Super Moon Full Lunar Eclipse on the Bayou Teche from the comfort of your own living room! Rob at KATC says the clouds will be blocking most of the view so we will have it here for you to see every minute of it! Please Enjoy. Huge thanks to NASA for supplying us with the live feed!

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The TECHE Project presents ‘Trail Feathers Art Gala’


You are invited to the unveiling of artist Bryan LaFaye’s work inspired by the beauty, history, and preservation of Bayou Teche.  We are honored to have Bryan’s artwork serving as this years’ theme for the Shake Your Trail Feather Festival Poster and Pin. The artwork will be auctioned silently beginning at the event and will continue online through October 16th ; the winner announced at the festival.

LaFaye’s body of work explores various mediums, but its content is steady, layered with meaning, thematically focusing on Louisiana’s natural world. The large pigment-on-paper artwork asks its viewers to reflect on our changing environment, in particular, the Bayou Teche, and to consider our role in these changes. “Once, a time ago, images were conjured to the stories, to the myths, of who and what we Louisianian’s were, what we saw when we blinked,” explains LaFaye. “Now, today, images are conjured to protect those stories and myths we Louisianians lived when we blinked.” LaFaye’s art poses questions to us all: what trails have we paddled, and, what wake will we leave behind?

Lafaye’s ethos and TECHE Project’s mission make this partnership a natural one. Proceeds from the auction go to the Bayou Teche National Paddle Trail. Sumptuous appetizers paired with local brews served in your personal LA-31 Snifter will be served along with live music and a brewery tour.  If beer is not your beverage preference, you can bring other libations and non-alcoholic options will be provided.  Admission is $12.  Casual dressy attire suggested.

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Bayou Teche gets “face-lift” for upcoming events.

(Loreauville, La) Volunteers from the Village of Loreauville partnered with the TECHE Project this past weekend to spruce up the banks of the Bayou Teche in preparation for visitors coming from around the country to take part in multiple events around the area. The bayou will host the 6th annual Tour du Teche canoe and kayak race and the weeklong Grand Reveil Acadien ceremony commemorating the 250th anniversary of the arrival of the Acadians in the Atakapa region. Residents can cheer on as paddlers zip by on October 2, 3, and 4th or participate in a ceremony that will take place on Thursday, October 8th on the banks of the bayou where the future home of the Acadian Odyssey Park will be located in Loreauville.

Mayor Brad Clifton of Loreauville was on hand to aide in the bayou side cleanup. “We were able to remove 4 trailer loads of invasive trees, brush, and debris blocking the public’s view of the historic Bayou Teche, we wanted to clean up so our residents can enjoy a little bit of the bayou and help to keep the way it needs to be,” Clifton said.

Dane Thibodeaux of the TECHE Project, who coordinated the effort with Mayor Clifton, said, “It is always a great feeling when volunteers come out and give up a bit of their time to preserve the most culturally and historically significant bayou in Louisiana.” Thibodeaux wants to remind all residents to do their part to help #KeepItClean. “If you see something out there, that shouldn’t be there, do your part and pick it up. It is all our responsibility to protect our waterways,” Thibodeaux said.

The Teche Ecology, Culture, and History Education (TECHE) Project, is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization whose mission it is to improve the Bayou Teche watershed health. They work to raise awareness of the bayous cultural and historical values, as well as, promoting low-impact recreation and nature-based tourism along the Bayou Teche. Since 2009, this group has successfully removed over 50 tons of garbage and debris with the help of community leaders and volunteers. The TECHE Project also led community planning with the National Park Service, which resulted in Bayou Teche being designated as 1 of 18 National Water Trails by the U.S. Department of the Interior. “We are doing some really good things for the bayou, but none of it would be possible without the help of community leaders and volunteers who come out and support us,” Thibodeaux added.

Mayor Brad Clifton wants to encourage residents to do their part and is extending an invite to those interesting in helping out this weekend for a village wide cleanup. “We will be cleaning the streets of trash and debris to show off to our visitors how great our community is,” Clifton said.

For more information on how you can support the TECHE Project or participate in future bayou cleanups you can visit or follow them on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter @techeproject. To report trash or invasive species on your section of Bayou Teche please contact Dane Thibodeaux at

Volunteer Cleanup in Loreauville, Sat Sept. 12

The TECHE Project is teaming up with the Village of Loreauville and Project Front Yard-Iberia Parish for a beautification project on the banks to the Bayou Teche. We will be cleaning up the area next to the Loreauville Fire Station, the future home of the Acadian Park on the Bayou Teche. We will be cutting branches and removing trash and debris from this location. We will supply water and gloves for volunteers who come and support this effort. This project is in preperation for the Tour Du Teche race slated for Oct. 2-3-4 and the Grand Reveil Acadian Celebration on Oct. 8th. The cleanup will begin at 9am, if you want to come for an hour or stay all day we are more than happy to have you join us. If you are interested in how you can help support the hardest working volunteer organization on Bayou Teche please contact Dane Thibodeaux at Be sure to follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for more updates @TECHEProject



Jambalaya Cookoff & Crawfish Derby : September 19, 2015 at Parc Du Pont

The annual Breaux Bridge Area Chamber of Commerce Jambalaya Cookoff, and a new event – The Crawfish Derby, will take place on Saturday September 19, 2015 from 9-3 at Parc Du Pont next to St. Bernard School in Downtown Breaux Bridge. The Jambalaya Cookoff is in its sixth year, and is the main fundraiser supporting the Breaux Bridge Area Chamber of Commerce. The Crawfish Derby’s proceeds will benefit the Save The Bridge project. Event admission is FREE, with a $5 per person fee to eat jambalaya.

The Crawfish Derby will be a floating crawfish race down the Teche. Dozens of prizes are at stake, with a grand prize of $1,000 cash going to the 1st place winner. Tickets must be purchased at a Breaux Bridge location listed here: Breaux Bridge Tourism Center, Farmers & Merchants Bank (B.B. Locations), Teche Bank & Trust, Iberia Bank, Midsouth Bank, and Community First Bank
LIVE MUSIC! from Grammy Winner Chubby Carrier, with Hugh and the Wrecking Crew and Brazos Huval School of Music students supporting.

There will be beer, food, music, and fun for everyone. For full details please see the event poster below. Please share with EVERYONE!

Flotilla symbolizes faith and heritage

For an hour Saturday morning along Bayou Teche in Arnaudville, the only sounds came from buzzing insects, calling birds and hundreds of people murmuring the prayers of the rosary.

Without the drone of a nearby air conditioner, it might have sounded just that way 250 years before, when French-speaking Catholics the British expelled from Canada arrived to make new homes along its banks.

The combination of history and religion made its way down the bayou during what many in attendance called the event of a lifetime, the Fete-Dieu du Teche. Dozens of party boats, cruisers and fishing vessels formed a procession that started early in the day with stops in Leonville, Arnaudville, Cecilia, Breaux Bridge and St. Martinville.

Leading the procession was a specially outfitted motorboat with a canopy that sheltered a tall gold monstrance – an ornamental container in which Catholics display the consecrated communion wafer they believe is the body of Christ.


“This is the 250th anniversary of the evangelization of the Teche,” said Rev. Keenan Brown, pastor of St. Francis Regis Catholic Church in Arnaudville.

Saturday, Aug. 15 also happened to be the feast of the Assumption, the day on which Catholics believe God assumed Mary, the mother of Jesus, bodily into heaven.

“Whether we are Cajun or Creole, she’s our mother,” Brown said.

Hundreds of people — some of whom planned to follow the entire procession route on land — crowded onto the bayou bank behind the church for the rosary and benediction.

Just as the flotilla of 50 or so boats became visible, the smoky aroma of incense drifted down the bank.

Some craft bore families, representatives of individual churches including St. Peter in Grand Prairie, St. Anthony in Krotz Springs and Sacred Heart in Port Barre. At least two boats from the St. Landry Parish Sheriff’s Department were in the mix. Others carried seminarians, priests and nuns in full habit from throughout the Roman Catholic Diocese of Lafayette.

As they approached the welcome shade of spreading live oaks, the old devotional songs from the people aboard the boats blended with singing on the bank.

Those on the boats disembarked. Many on land made the sign of the cross. After girls in white communion dresses scattered rose petals in his path, Rev. Michael Champagne hoisted the monstrance pole and carried it toward a temporary altar.

All present recited the rosary, alternating between English and French. Quite a few knelt on the rough ground, even though folding chairs waited nearby.

For Marty Berry the opportunity for this public expression of faith was too good to miss.

She was excited “to do it as part of a community, as part of our Catholic family — which is what brought the Cajuns here to begin with.”

Berry set out at 6 a.m. from her home in Lake Charles, in part to see Rev. Glen John Provost, bishop of that Catholic diocese, celebrate the first Mass of the procession in Leonville.

“This morning I saw the sunrise,” she said. “There’s just so much beauty here, not just in the land but in the hearts of the people.”

The crowd included people in Catholic-themed T-shirts and casual shorts, lace chapel veils and long skirts. A half dozen Knights of Columbus, members of a Catholic fraternal organization, stood guard in their formal black suits and capes, plumed caps and ceremonial swords.

“I’m hot, but they’re really hot, them,” observed Prenella Celestine of Breaux Bridge.

In one hand she held a crucifix that depicted a bloodied Christ — “I’ve been carrying mine for 10 years,” she proclaimed — and a rosary in the other. As she spoke about the spectacle before her, Celestine’s face glowed.

“This is something I’ll never see again. It’s gorgeous. Gives me chills,” she said.

“On our Bayou Teche.”

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