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Shake Your Trail Feather” is an annual musical event celebrating the 130-mile-long Bayou Teche National Paddle Trail.  The festival is free but we encourage you to buy a festival pin and merchandise to help our cause.  Proceeds from the festival are used to provide paddle-trail amenities and management.

The 3rd Annual Shake Your Trail Feather festival will be held on October 18, 2014 at Parc des Ponts de Pont Breaux (Bridge Park) in Breaux Bridge.  The event includes live performances by David greely and Megan Brown, (12 to 1pm), Soul Creole (collaboration with Louis Michot and Corey Ledet from 1:30 to 3:30), and Geno Delafose and French Rockin Boogie (4:00 to 6:00).  The bands play, and dancing occurs, on a moored swing bridge, circa 1860. We also have a Heritage Stage featuring an acoustic set with the St. Bernard School Students, a demonstration in the technique of Bousillage by Dale Pierottie, and a historical discussion on how the Civil War and WWII affected life on the bayou by authors Shane Bernard and Bonnie Lyons .

As part of the festival we will be hosting paddle tours and bike excursions.  The “Paddle to the Party”  is organized by outfitter, Cajun Paddle and will leave from Poche Bridge for a slow 2-hour paddle behind a floating fais-do-do band.  Contact Cory Werk at bayoutechexperience.com for more information on the paddle.  The “Trail Feathers” bike event is co-hosted with TRAIL and will start at the festival grounds in the morning.  There will be 3 different bike routes of varying lengths (13, 23, and 43 miles).  SAG stops for cyclists include Pat’s In Henderson, Bayou Teche Brewery (brew included!), and Poches Meat Market (cracklins and beer included!).  All bike excursion routes will have a  5-mile shorter combined bike/paddle to the party option as well.  Contact Scott Schilling at LAtrail.org or Ann Rolke at techeproject.gmail.com for more information regarding the bike event.

There will also be a kayak raffle (courtesy of Pack and Paddle), kids activities, artisans, informational booths about various great things happening on the Teche, and plenty of food and beverages.  So, come join us October 18th for a great experience on the beautiful Bayou Teche, and feel free to shake your tail feathers by dancing on the bridge to some good-time music!

Many thanks to our generous 2014 Festival Sponsors!

Major Contributors:  FM Bank, Courtesy Ford, Pack and Paddle, Russell’s Food Center, Iberia ON TAP Association, Tour du Teche, SLEMCO, Bayou Teche Brewery, Buck and Johnny’s Pizza, Rocky’s Bayou Cabins, St. Martin Tourism Office, Breaux Bridge Chamber of Commerce, City of Breaux Bridge, St Bernard School, and TRAIL .

Other Contributors:  Doug Ashey, Little Big Cup, Clementines Retuarant, Poches Meat Market, Myrans Maison de Manger, Pats Restaurant, The Little Paintbrush, Tractor Supply, City of Henderson, and Bayou Teche Experience.