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7th Annual Bayou Vermilion Festival & Boat Parade

Join us on the Vermilion River for a fun-filled day!


The Bayou Vermilion Festival kicks off at 10 a.m. at Vermilionville. Activities include free yoga, free face painting for adults and children, a bubbles station, live music and much more! New this year, we are incorporating the Catfish Rodeo Cook-Off, which begins as early as 7:00 a.m. for those fishing enthusiasts (see below).


If you're an early bird and would like extra time on the water, please sign-up for the pre-parade paddle starting at 8:00 a.m. at the Acadiana Park Nature Station arriving at Vermilionville around 12:00 p.m. for the festival.

To pre-register for the pre-paddle and the boat parade, please visit Or, you can begin your paddle at Vermilionville after the festival around 2 p.m. with a celebratory toast by this year’s Grand Marshal.

The parade ends at the Camellia Bridge Canoe and Kayak Launch near the Camellia Blvd. Bridge with a celebration complete with live music by Patrick Henry and the Liberation Band plus food and drinks. Online registration is open for the 7th Annual Boat Parade and closes on May 19th at

If you don't have a chance to register, no worries. You can also register at Vermilionville the day of the event.


We would like to encourage parade participants to decorate your boat and wear a costume! Plus, residents and businesses along the parade route are also encouraged to participate by decorating your yard, inviting friends and family over to watch the parade.

There will be a 'Spirit of The Bayou' Contest for best boat & costume and best yard decorations. Those that do not live along the parade route can watch the parade at Vermilionville, Beaver Park, Rotary Point or at the Camellia Bridge Canoe and Kayak Launch.

***If you are renting a craft from our facility, please claim your paddle craft at Vermilionville before 12:00 p.m. the day of the boat parade. Any unclaimed paddle crafts will be given away to people on a waiting list starting at 12:00 p.m.***

Be sure to visit for additional information.

For detailed information on concerning the 7th Annual Bayou Vermilion Festival & Boat Parade, visit

See you on Sunday, May 20th for a great time on the Vermilion!

Date & Time

May 20, 2018

7:00AM - 7:00PM

More Info

Event Website


$10 - $25

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