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SHAKE YOUR TRAIL FEATHER FESTIVAL (OCTOBER 22, 2016)

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.

On October 22, 2016, the TECHE Project will host the 5th annual Shake Your Trail Feather Festival in Breaux Bridge at Parc des Ponts de Pont Breaux.  The festival will begin at 11:30 am and run until 6pm.  The festivities start with a set by the St. Bernard School children (11:30 to Noon).  Additionally, musicians Sabra and the Get Rights (Noon to 1:30 pm), Sweet Cecilia (2:00pm to 3:30pm), and The Pine Leaf Boys with special guest Roddie Romero (4:00 pm to 6:00 pm) will play on the circa 1860 bridge moored on the bayou bank.  The Heritage Stage will include presentations and interviews with naturalists (Bill Fontenot and Glenn Thomas) on the ecology: flora and fauna of the Bayou Teche Watershed, and live animals including a bee colony and wood ducks will be on display.

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 10:00 am), which has 3 different bike routes (10, 20, and 38 miles) and they all have an option to peddle and paddle with the Cajun Paddle crew with transport of your bike to the festival included in the registration.  If you are interested in the bike rides  or the bike ride and the paddle, contact Patti Holland (howldogfarms@gmail.com or 337-277-4645).  You can also register online at Eventbrite under the title “Shake Your Trail Feather”.  For more information on the paddle trip, contact Cory Werk at Bayou Teche Experience.com.  Yes, you can use your own kayak/canoe, but you will be responsible for transportation arrangements, and life vests will be required.

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 nationally recognized Bayou Teche Paddle Trail, so come join the fun, and Shake Your Trail Feathers for a good cause!

For more information on the festival, bike ride, and paddle excursion, contact Patti Holland at 337-277-4645

Many thanks to our 2016 Festival Sponsors!

FM Bank, Courtesy Ford, Pack and Paddle, Russell’s Food Center, Tour du Teche, SLEMCO, Bayou Teche Brewery, Hub City Diner, Aqua-Tech Services, Rocky’s Bayou Cabins, Myrans Maison de Manger, Silver Slipper, Little Big Cup, Doug Ashy, Tractor Supply, Poches Meat Market, Pat’s in Henderson, St. Martin Tourism Office, Breaux Bridge Chamber of Commerce, City of Breaux Bridge, and the St Bernard School.