The Petite Scrubbers entertain festival-goers at a past Cajun Music and Food Fest. (Rick Hickman / American Press)
Last Modified: Thursday, July 17, 2014 2:53 PM
The Cajun French Music Association will hold its 27th annual Cajun Music and Food Festival this weekend, starting at 4 p.m. Friday in Burton Coliseum. Admission is $7; children age 12 and under get in for free.
“The festival was designed to keep alive the heritage of the Cajun people,” said Walter Gotreaux, president of the CFMA.
“It’s to promote and preserve Cajun culture. Not too long ago, Cajuns were looked at as second-rate citizens, and after a lot of hard work, that idea has been changed.”
Cajun art and crafts will be available to purchase, with a varied assortment of art, according to the event coordinator, Lee Adam Landry.
Food will be available to purchase from members of the organization, including gumbo, hot dogs and hamburgers. Sweets will also be available, and cake walks will be held.
The event will feature several bands, including Red Saltzman and the Rambling Cajuns, Chris Miller and Bayou Roots, and Geno Delafose and French Rockin’ Boogie — with many more bands performing on both Friday and Saturday.
In between band performances, two items will be auctioned off in a live auction to benefit the organization.
A silent auction will be held as well, with items including gift certificates, ice chests and a packaged bundle from Bayou Rum.
Ending the event on Sunday will be a traditional Catholic Mass celebrated in Cajun French.
This festival is one of the biggest fundraisers for the CFMA, according to Landry.
“It helps us keep up on paying for our parking lot, repairs to our building. We just had to replace our sprinkler system to our building. There’s always some expense.”
According to Landry, the Cajun community is slowing fading.
“If we don’t preserve the heritage, there will be no more Cajuns,” said Landry, reflecting on the decline of participants in Cajun music events.
“It’s fading fast as it is. Our French dances on Saturday are growing smaller and smaller. If we don’t keep up with it, it’ll go away completely.”