Come Join Us For The 5th Annual Shake Your Trail Feather Festival
A Celebration Of The Bayou Teche Paddle Trail
On October 22, 2016, the TECHE Project will host the 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 festival gets kicked off 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 interviews with naturalists on the ecology: flora and fauna of the Bayou Teche Watershed, and live animals 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, and they all have an option to peddle and paddle with the Cajun Paddle crew. Bike/paddle ride can be registered via Eventbrite. 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). More information on our events page. Contact Patti Holland (337-277-4645) with qustions.
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!
Watch this heartfelt video of on of our own Jimmy Gravois reunite with the paramedics that saved his life after a near fatal boating accident. We are so grateful for the men that found him and their quick action to call 911. We appreciate the hard work by the paramedics to make sure that Mr. Jimmy was okay and comfortable on the way to the Air Med. We love you Jimmy! We wouldn’t be the same without you.
Due to heavy rains causing Bayou Teche to swell, the boat part of procession is now cancelled. The Bishop will be in Leonville for Mass at 8 am as long as roads are open which they are expected to be. Exposition and Rosary as normal at scheduled times along with confessions as planned, but in the Churches (St. Francis Regis, St. Joseph, Borel Center, St. Joseph in Parks, Notre Dame, Etc. Foot procession at end in St. Martinville pending no rain.
Fr. Michael Champagne, CJC
Community of Jesus Crucified
First Trailhead on the Bayou Teche Paddle Trail
The first Bayou Teche Paddle Trail trailhead will be opened to the public on August 18th, at 11:00 a.m. during a Dedication Ceremony at Parc du Ponts in downtown Breaux Bridge (100 St. Bernard Street).
The paddle trail is the centerpiece of The TECHE Project’s EXPLORE It, one three facets of TECHE Renaissance vision that builds a nature-based economy on the Teche corridor. “The trailhead is the beginning of infrastructure that supports the paddle trail and builds heritage tourism through low-impact recreation,” says Brent Miller, Grant Administrator and Council Member with The TECHE Project, the organization managing the Bayou Teche Paddle Trail. “We are working hard to put a trailhead in each Trail Town along the Bayou Teche and Lower Atchafalaya River.” In January 2015, the non-profit organization successfully applied to get Bayou Teche Paddle Trail added to the National Water Trails System, a first for Louisiana. Designation as a national water trail placed the Teche in an elite group of rivers across the nation.
The new trailhead increases access for paddlers and provides such amenities as restrooms, water fountains, and places to lock up boats. By situating the trailhead in the downtown area, paddlers have walking access to provisions, lodging, restaurants, and dancehalls. “This trailhead facility is a welcome addition to the City of Breaux Bridge, and we are excited to be a partner in building the Bayou Teche Paddle Trail”, says Breaux Bridge Mayor Ricky Calais.
The trailhead was supported by a grant from the Federal Highways Administration’s (FHWA) Recreational Trails Program administered through the Louisiana Department of Culture, Recreation, and Tourism (DCRT). According to Michael W. Domingue, the FHWA Recreational Trails Program Administrator for Louisiana, “This outstanding National Paddle Trail provides a unique opportunity for recreationalists to explore the beauty and culture of south Louisiana by way of a water trail. The TECHE Project has done a great job of showcasing Bayou Teche and providing access to it for the people of Louisiana and our many visitors.” Other partners that worked to make this trailhead a reality include St. Martin Parish Tourism, Angelle Architects, Edward Cazayoux, The City of Breaux Bridge, TRAIL, and Nature’s Link.
More information about the dedication and the Bayou Teche Paddle Trail can be found at www.techeproject.org or by calling 337-441-BYOU(2968).
Loreauville, LA —
The Village of Loreauville is the latest Trail Town community to receive a floating kayak and canoe launch to increase access to the Bayou Teche National Water Trail. The dock is part of the TECHE Project’s community-driven vision to enhance the quality of life for trail communities by turning to the bayou and lower Atchafalaya River to build a nature-based economy.
“Coming to Loreauville by boat seems natural. It’s how our ancestors arrived here 250-years ago,” says Loreauville Mayor Brad Clifton. “We look forward to welcoming paddlers, both locals and visitors, to experience our hospitality and culture.”
The new dock sits at 118 Bridge Street, next to the historic jailhouse, and is the first phase of the Al Broussard Commemorative Park. In honor of the late Mayor Al Broussard, the stunning park design by Architect and Loreauville native Joel Breaux celebrates the journey of the founding Acadians and honors those who perished along the way. “The Al Broussard Commemorative Park features a symbolic representation of the Acadians, their journey and resilience,” describes Breaux. “It simultaneously includes key elements such as the Acadian Odyssey, one of only four in the world.”
“As part of our EXPLORE It program, locals and visitors learn about the ecology of a region through the biography of its people, by boat,” says Conni Castille, Executive Director of TECHE Project, the Water Trail Managers. “We partner with Trail Town communities turning to the bayou to integrate the Trailheads that support the National Paddle Trail. Loreauville is a perfect example of that partnership.”
TECHE Project is a local 501c3 non-profit, volunteer organization dedicated to celebrating and continuing the river’s legacy through recreational, historical and ecological values of Bayou Teche and Lower Atchafalaya River communities. With parish and municipal governments, businesses, and community support, it successfully put Bayou Teche and the Lower Atchafalaya River on the list of National Water Trails from the National Park Service in 2015. It is one of only twenty-one nationally recognized trails in the country. Leveraging this designation with the fifteen Trail Towns along the trail’s corridor helps build a nature-based economy.
“The dock is an effort to enhance a paddler’s experience to support the national water trail,” says Brent Miller, TECHE Project Council Member. The dock was funded by a grant from the US department of Transportation through the State’s Recreational Trails Program with the Office of State Parks, and support of TECHE Project and University of Louisiana at Lafayette. “The plan is to put additional docks placed in each of the four parishes along the Water Trail,” adds Miller.
Each dock is accessible by an ADA assessable gangway to encourage people of all ability levels to enjoy paddling. With two overhead assist bars, the dock provides stability and security for canoes and kayaks
With the help of local, parish, state, and federal agencies, since its inception in 2008, the TECHE Project has removed over 50 tons of garbage and invasive species, earned recognition as a National Paddle Trail and National Water Trail, fostered a world renowned paddle race with the Tour du Teche, and offers workshops on bank line management and wood duck habitat, initiated a wood duck box mile marker program, and each October hosts the free Shake Your Trail Feather Festival with live music, folklife workshops, and bike/float to the festival event all to promote and raise money for the paddle trail. For more information, to donate, or to volunteer you can visit www.techeproject.org or follow them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @techeproject.
Public Meeting Answers Questions About Bayou Teche Oil Spill
CHARENTON, La. –
On Wednesday, June 15, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. at the Chitimacha Tribal School Gymnasium, 3613 Chitimacha Trail, Jeanerette, LA, the Chitimacha Tribe of Louisiana, in partnership with TECHE Project and LEAN (Louisiana Environmental Action Network), will host an informative public presentation for all citizens to learn more about the recent Charenton oil spill and its potential after effects on Bayou Teche.
This is an opportunity for government leaders and citizens to learn and ask questions about immediate and long-term impacts of the Charenton oil spill as it pertains to various issues from safe drinking water concerns to fishing and swimming. Discussions will include strategies to prevent future threats to Bayou Teche. The meeting will be lead by environmental expert and chemist, Wilma Subra.
Subra holds degrees in Microbiology/Chemistry from the University of Southwestern Louisiana. She received the MacArthur Fellowship “Genius” Award from the MacArthur Foundation for helping ordinary citizens understand, cope with and combat environmental issues in their communities and was one of three finalist in the Environmental Category of the 2004 Volvo for Life Award. Subra was selected in 2011 as one of the ‘Lifetime Remarkable Woman’ and most recently won the 2011 Global Exchange, Human Rights Award for her ongoing work with the BP Oil Spill and the communities affected by it.
Louisiana Environmental Action Network (LEAN) is a community based not-for-profit organization that has been working since 1986 to resolve the unique environmental struggles present in Louisiana. Through education, empowerment, advocacy, and support; LEAN provides the necessary tools and services to individuals and communities facing environmental problems. Problems that often threaten their health, safety and quality of life.
TECHE Project is a non-profit organization that manages a community-based, Bayou renaissance program to restore the Teche as the focal point of our communities. These community-based initiatives include the National Bayou Teche Paddle and Water Trail, Trail Head and Trail Town Partnerships, trash pick-ups and educational programs.
For more information, contact TECHE Project at email@example.com, or call 337-277-5292.