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 festival is held annually on the 3rd Saturday in October at Parc des Ponts de Pont Breaux (Bridge Park) in Breaux Bridge. The event includes live performances, and dancing occurs on a moored swing bridge, circa 1860. We also have a Heritage Stage featuring an acoustic sets, demonstrations, and historical and cultural discussions centering around life on Bayou Teche.
As part of the festival we host paddle tours and bike excursions. The “Paddle to the Party” is organized by outfitter, Cajun Paddle and leaves from Poche Bridge for a slow 2-hour paddle behind a floating fais-do-do band. The “Trail Feathers” bike event starts at the festival grounds in the morning. There are different bike routes of varying lengths and all bike routes have the option to paddle as well.
Each year, we have 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 in mid October 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 Retaurant, Poches Meat Market, Myrans Maison de Manger, Pats Restaurant, The Little Paintbrush, Tractor Supply, City of Henderson, and Bayou Teche Experience.