Editor’s Picks for March

The Big Bayou Music Festival Lineup
March 1, 2013
Courts rule in LHSAA’s favor; VCHS ousted from playoffs
March 5, 2013
The Big Bayou Music Festival Lineup
March 1, 2013
Courts rule in LHSAA’s favor; VCHS ousted from playoffs
March 5, 2013

Hunt Easter eggs

Throughout March

The race to capture the most colorful eggs is on.

Several Easter egg hunts are planned throughout the Tri-parishes this month, including the four listed below.

The Festival of Live Oaks in New Iberia features arts and crafts, live music, a barbecue cook-off and Easter egg hunt. Admission is free, but some booths require tickets. The event is located at New Iberia City Park, 300 Parkview Drive. For more information, call (337) 369-2337.

In Patterson, there’s an egg hunt and photo opportunities with the Easter Bunny at the annual Wedell Williams Aviation and Cypress Sawmill Foundation Easter Egg Hunt on March 16 at the Louisiana State Museum, Cotton Road. Admission is $5. For more information, call (985) 299-1268.

Kids in Motion hosts its fourth annual egg hunt at the Ardoyne Plantation, La. Highway 311, Houma, on March 17. The event also features a petting zoo, pony rides, the Easter Bunny and various children’s activities. Admission is free, but some booths require tickets. For more information, call (985) 209-6327.

The Life Church, at 2324 Coteau Road, Houma, hosts its annual community Easter egg hunt March 30. Registration, which is free, begins at noon. The Easter Bunny is in attendance, and the hunt is complemented with games, face painting and space walks. For more information, call (985) 851-2222.

Cirque du Soleil brings “Quidam” to NOLA

March 13-17

Fearless highflyers, dazzling jugglers and mesmerizing tricksters perform in the New Orleans Arena this month with Cirque du Soleil: Quidam.

A world renown organization, Cirque pushes the limits of human ability with breathtaking talents gleaned from foreign and fantasy cultures.

“Quidam,” is named after the fantasy world Zoé is encapsulated in while seeking meaning in her life. Bored and ignored by her parents, she dives into this new being and is encouraged by fellow quidams to free her soul.

Quidams can be anyone in a society largely anonymous to one another.

“This is the place that beckons – a place for dreaming and genuine relations where all quidams, by proclaiming their individuality, can finally emerge from anonymity,” reads Cirque’s description of the show.

Directed by Franco Dragone, the 11-act show is focused on eight characters, including Zoé’s parents.

Performances include aerial contortion in silk, the cloud swing, the German wheel, Spanish webs, aerial hoops, statue balancing, skipping ropes and juggling – with a bowler hat, suitcase and umbrella in the mix.

Cirque is in town from March 13-17 at the New Orleans Arena, 1501 Dave Dixon Drive. Tickets range from $30-$90.

For more information, visit www.cirquedusoleil.com or www.ticketmaster.com.

Dragons race to the beat of drums

March 23

Bayou Teche is infested with dragons.

The inaugural Acadiana Dragon Boat Festival draws hundreds of people to New Iberia this month, where they load themselves the long, slender watercrafts and race to the beat of a drummer.

Spectators can watch the 200-yard races from the Bouligny Plaza, 102 W. Main St., New Iberia. A deejay performs from 9 a.m. – when the festival begins – until noon, when the band Nik L Beer begins. Admission is free, and concessions are sold.

Registration costs $2,200 per team.

Callie Borne, one of the festival’s volunteer organizers, says some local businesses have sponsored teams for employees to partake in a team-building exercise.

Each team features 21 participants – 20 paddlers and a drummer, whose beats direct the racers’ rhythm.

“You don’t have to be in any kind of shape to do it,” says Borne, familiar with dragon boat races in Alexandria. “Synchronization, that’s the key.”

One week before the races, the teams are trained by dragon-boat racing professionals. Each team is timed during its practice session and is seeded in the bracket accordingly.

All proceeds from this year’s festival benefit the playground enhancement project in New Iberia City Park.

Cirque du Soleil brings its dazzling show from March 13-17 to the New Orleans Arena.


The inaugural Acadiana Dragon Boat Festival on March 23 features a day of 200-yard races along Bayou Teche.