11031
Lafayette
Celebrating Mardi Gras in Cajun Country
Discover the traditions of an authentic Chicken Chase Mardi Gras in Cajun Country as you savor local food, experience Cajun dance and learn the story of this unique celebration.
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Program No. 11031RJ
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6 days
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6 days
5 nights
14 meals
5 B 4 L 5 D
DAY
1
Check-in, Registration, Orientation, Welcome Dinner
Lafayette, LA
D
Doubletree

Afternoon: Hotel check-in time is 3:00. We will meet at 4:30, get acquainted, and review the weekly schedule. We will take time to answer your questions about the upcoming week, as well as teach you a few Cajun French words and Cajun English phrases to help you enjoy your stay in Cajun country. Try not to miss it! It's a great start to the program!

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel at 6:30.

DAY
2
The Variety of the Cajun Country Mardi Gras
Lafayette, LA
B,L,D
Doubletree

Activity note: There will some standing to watch the parade.

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning: Field Trip: We'll travel to Eunice, to the Jean Lafitte Acadian Culture Center to hear UL Lafayette professor, Dr. Barry Ancelet. The topic: "The Variety of the Cajun Country Mardi Gras." His slides and stories and humor are very entertaining. He is the guru of all things Cajun.

Lunch: Bag lunch on site.

Afternoon: The morning field trip will take us through mid afternoon as we return to Lafayette.

Dinner: Poboys from Olde Tyme Grocery.

Evening: Lafayette Queen's Parade - you've learned about the rural Mardi Gras, now experience the city Mardi Gras.

DAY
3
Courir de Mardi Gras in Tee Mamou
Lafayette, LA
B,L,D
Doubletree

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning: We'll travel to the an area of Cajun Country known as "Tee Mamou." (Not to be confused with Big Mamou!) We'll go to the home of a local family and share in their experience as we wait to see the costumed revelers chase chickens, climb trees, dance, and beg for ingredients or money for their communal gumbo. Then we'll head to downtown Iota for lunch from festival vendors and live music.

Lunch: Your choice from festival vendors.

Afternoon: Learn all about local food traditions through discussion and film.

Dinner: Local Cajun restaurant.

DAY
4
Jean Lafitte, Vermilionville, Martin Accordions
Lafayette, LA
B,L,D
Doubletree

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning: Field trip to Jean Lafitte Center to view a film on the deportation of the Acadians, followed by field trip to Vermilionville to take a guided tour of the village.

Lunch: Lunch at La Cuisine de Maman (Mama's Kitchen), Vermilionville's on-site café.

Afternoon: Vermilionville trip will take us into the early afternoon.

Dinner: Deano's - Pizza with a south Louisiana twist!

Evening: Field trip to Martin Accordions where we'll be treated to a jam session with the Martin Family band, as well as being informed about their handcrafted accordions which are made-to-order and shipped internationally.

DAY
5
Cajun Dance Lessons, Pont Breaux's Cajun Restaurant
Lafayette, LA
B,L,D
Doubletree

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning: Cajun dance lessons. Learn the Cajun waltz and two-step and experience the joie de vivre of Cajun culture.

Lunch: Dwyer's Cafe

Afternoon: Swamp tour, if weather permits.

Dinner: Pont Breaux's Cajun Restaurant.

Evening: After Honorary Cajun certificates are bestowed at the hotel, we'll go out for dinner & dancing at Pont Breaux's Cajun Restaurant, a favorite Cajun restaurant and dance hall, featuring live Cajun music.

DAY
6
Program Concludes
Lafayette, LA
B

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning: You are free to depart before or after breakfast, which is served from 6:30 - 10:00 am. Check out of hotel. Have a safe trip home!