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Regional events in March are listed below.

TOUR THE HISTORIC BAYOU LAFOURCHE –



Through March



Cast off from Thibodaux and take a journey to one of two historic plantation homes adjacent to Bayou Lafourche. On the way, learn about the waterway’s storied history and evolving biology. On Fridays and Saturdays, the 20-passenger aluminum boat travels upstream to Madewood Plantation in Napoleonville; on Wednesdays, the boat docks at E.D. White Plantation Home. Madewood tickets cost $28.25, which includes lunch. E.D. White tours cost $5.

Wetlands Acadian Cultural Center of Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve, 314 St. Mary St., Thibodaux. (985) 448-1375. www.nps.gov/jela.



BIG BAYOU MUSIC FESTIVAL –



March 1-3

The inaugural indoor festival, benefitting cystic fibrosis and the Lions Club, features live music, carnival rides, arts and crafts, a car show and beauty pageant. Food is also sold. Performers include Nonc Nu and da Wild Matous, Southern Cross, Waylon Thibodeaux, Gary T, Foret Tradition and others. ($10 Friday and Sunday; $15 on Saturday)



Evergreen Cajun Center, 4694 Main St., Houma. (985) 291-6046.



BAYOU LAFOURCHE CLEAN UP –

March 2 FREE



The Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program seeks volunteers to help remove debris from the 106-mile bayou stretching from Donaldsonville to Leeville.



8 a.m. to noon. Bayou Lafourche. (985) 447-0868.

MARSH MAD DASH FOR LIFE –



March 2



A 5K and fun run is staged on the Nicholls State University campus as a fundraiser for the Louisiana Organ Procurement Agency, a not-for-profit organization. The cost to register is $30.

8 a.m. Nicholls State University. (985) 688-1536.



SHADOWS ON THE TECH SPRING ARTS AND CRAFTS FAIR –



March 2

Roughly 100 vendors from around the state exhibit and sell their work in the Shadows Gardens. Tours of the shadows begin at 11 a.m. and focus on women’s skills. Food vendors are also set up. Admission is $5 per person 12 and older and $3 for children between the ages of 6 and 11.



9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 317 E. Main St., New Iberia. (337) 369-6446.



SPRING FLING VENDOR BOUTIQUE –

March 2



Vendors including Aloette, Curves, Secntsy and Tupperware sell their wares. There are also door prizes and a slient auction in the event benefitting Thibodaux’s Relay for Life. Booth registration ranges from $25-$45. ($2 admission)



10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Carmel Inn, 400 La. Highway 1, Thibodaux. (985) 413-5453 or lecundiff@gmail.com.

LETS GO RIDING FRANKLIN REUNION CRUISE –



March 2 FREE



Some have high school reunions; Franklin has a town reunion. Residents now and those transplanted are invited to “Go Riding” with friends and family members down Main Street, harkening back to a time when cruising downtown was the social network. The event’s base is the former A&P parking lot, where childhood games like four square, hopscotch, Chinese jump rope, kickball and others are waged alongside a day of live music.

10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Franklin. (504) 239-9746.



HORSE SHOW –



March 3 FREE

The Terrebonne Livestock Association hosts judged and speed events.



Houma Airbase Arena, 121 Moffet Road, Houma, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. (985) 804-7932. www.terrebonne-livestock.org.



SOUTH LOUISIANA BRIDAL SHOW –

March 3



The exposition geared toward brides- and grooms-to-be has dozens of booths featuring photographers, caterers, wedding planners, decorators and others who specialize in weddings. Children under 12 pay no admission. ($5)



11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Houma-Terrebonne Civic Center, 346 Civic Center Blvd. (985) 851-1020.

SCHOOL ART SHOW –


March 3-8



Downtown Art Gallery 630 hosts the Terrebonne Fine Arts Guild’s annual school art show. Terrebonne Parish students from second to 12th grade participate in all mediums. Students who win receive free art lessons in June.

10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Downtown Art Gallery 630, 630 Belanger St., Houma. (985) 851-2198.



CHAMBER GOLF CLASSIC –



March 4

The fifth-annual tournament is formatted as a four-person scramble. The entry fee is $150 per person or $500 person per team and includes green fees, tournament specialty items, golf carts, breakfast, lunch, a ditty bag and a team photo.


7:30 a.m and 12:30 p.m. Ellendale Country Club, 3319 La. Highway 311, Houma. (985) 876-5600.



RICKY NELSON REMEMBERED –

March 4



Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Ricky Nelson’s identical twin sons Matthew and Gunner pay tribute to their late father with a multi-media concert including covers of his hit songs and video footage of the Nelson family. It is the second to last event of the Morgan City Concert Series. Season tickets cost $45.



Morgan City Municipal Auditorium, 728 Myrtle St. (985) 385-2307.

TERREBONNE ORCHARD SOCIETY ANNUAL SHOW AND PLANT SALE –


March 8-10 FREE


Show of about 15 exhibits from the surrounding societies, as far away as Mississippi. In addition to the exhibits, vendors sell plants.

Southland Mall, 5953 W. Park Ave., Houma. (985) 876-1711 or kfbreaux@bellsouth.net.



CHOCTAW FIREMEN’S FAIR –



March 8-10 FREE

The weekend fair features local cuisine, music, dancing and a carnival mid-way. The firemen’s parade runs on Sunday.



2854 Choctaw Road, Thibodaux. (985) 859-0079.



CAR AND CRAFT SHOW –

March 9



VFW Post 8538 and the Ladies Auxiliary host the second-annual car and craft show. A hot plate lunch and snacks are also available.



VFW Post 8538, West 25th Street, Larose. (985) 693-8600.

RACE FOR THEIR FUTURE 5K RUN/WALK –



March 9



Proceeds help fund programs and materials at the MAX Charter School. Registration is $25.

9:30 a.m., John Guidry Stadium, Nicholls State University. (985) 227-9500.



MISS MAGNOLIA PAGEANT –



March 9

The pageant raises funds to sponsor children’s trips to camp. It includes two age divisions: 5 and younger, and 6 and older, with no maximum age set. Registration costs $55 and includes photographs. Raffle tickets are also available to offset the registration fee.



10 a.m. (younger age group) and 2 p.m. Evergreen Cajun Center, 4694 W. Main St., Houma. (985) 291-2854.



HOUMA AIRBASE FEST –

March 9 FREE



Live music, arts and crafts and various events are staged. Swing Arm and French Bred are among those performing.



10 a.m. Terrebonne Livestock Pavillion, 221 Moffet Road, Houma. www.airbasefest.com

ROLLER DERBY –



March 9



The Cajun Rollergirls host a bout against the Magnolia Roller Vixens. ($10 adults; $6 children 6-12)

7 p.m. Harang Auditorium, 310 N. Canal Blvd., Thibodaux. www.cajunrollergirls.com.


BAYOU HOME SHOW –



March 9-10

More than 40 vendors doling out free samples, tastings, coupons, recipes and more set up for the event’s fourth edition. New products from popular supermarket brands are also revealed. Children 12 and younger pay no admission. ($6).



10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Houma-Terrebonne Civic Center, 346 Civic Center Blvd. (866) 839-1643.



BOOGIE ON THE BAYOU –

March 15 FREE



Soul Survivors play downtown Thibodaux. Food and drinks are sold, and ice chests are not permitted.



6-10 p.m. Downtown Thibodaux. (985) 448-5852.

LADIES NIGHT OUT –



March 15



The breast cancer fund-raising gala returns for its eighth year. ($40)

6:30-10 p.m. Houma-Terrebonne Civic Center, 346 Civic Center Blvd. (985) 873-4616.



LOCKPORT MAIN STREET BAYOUSIDE ARTS AND CRAFTS SHOW –



March 16 FREE

Arts and crafts are exhibited for the 14th annual show. Drinks and snacks are on sale.



9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Lockport Bayouside Park, Canal Street. (985) 532-5909 or (985) 532-3582.



CASA FOR KIDS SPRINGFEST “A WORLD OF FUN” –

March 16 FREE



The family friendly event features dozens of booths with children’s activities adhering to multi-national themes. Children pick up a passport and travel the world, playing games and learning about the countries they visit. Each booth sells tickets to participate, and food, drinks, popcorn and snowballs are on sale. A cottage playhouse is raffled away.

9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Courthouse Square, 7856 Main St., Houma. (985) 876-0250.



FESTIVAL OF LIVE OAKS –

March 16 FREE

An Easter egg hunt is staged in the park. The event also features arts and crafts, live music and barbecue cook-off. Some booths require tickets, and refreshments are sold.

9 a.m. to 5 p.m. New Iberia City Park, 300 Parkview Drive. (337) 369-2337.

WEDELL WILLIAMS AVIATION EASTER EGG HUNT –

March 16

The event features an Easter egg hunt, photos with the Easter bunny and children’s activities. ($5)

10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Louisiana State Museum, Cotton Road, Patterson. (985) 399-1268.

LIL’ WRANGLERS YOUTH RODEO –

March 16

The rodeo is open to boys and girls between the ages of 3 and 18, and there is no registration fee. Events include goat tail pull, stick pony race, steer riding, barrel racing, pole bending, sheep riding and junior bull riding. ($5 admission for adults 19 and older; 18 and younger pay no admission).

Noon. Raceland Arena, 101 Senior Citizen Drive. (985) 665-8319.

JUMBO GUMBO COOK-OFF –

March 16

Awards are given for the people’s choice and first, second and third place, as judged. Registration is $125 per team. Beverages, beer, hamburgers and hot dogs are sold. The gate fee is $10.

12:30-4:30 p.m. Nicholls State University. (985) 448-4965.

KIDS IN MOTION EGGS-TRAVAGANZA –

March 17 FREE

The fourth annual event is structured around an Easter egg hunt but also includes live music, children’s booths, a petting zoo, pony rides and photo opportunities with the Easter bunny.

11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Ardoyne Plantation, La. Highway 311. (985) 209-6327.

ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARADE –

March 17 FREE

Vegetables fly alongside beads and traditional parade throws during Houma’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade, which follows the west side parade route.

1 p.m. Begins at La Casa Del Sol Restaurant, 169 Monarch Drive. (985) 851-6977.

SPRING ART SHOW –

March 17 through April 9 FREE

The Terrebonne Fine Arts Guild’s annual Spring Art Show begins with an opening reception at 2 p.m. The open competition includes all mediums for local and regional artists. Only original work no larger than 36 inches-by-48 inches is accepted. Registration is from noon to 5:30 p.m. March 13. It costs $35 for guild members and $50 for non-members. The gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Downtown Art Gallery 630, 630 Belanger St., Houma. (985) 851-2198.

MILITARY ROUNDTABLE –

March 19 FREE

The Houma Regional Military Museum’s monthly roundtable session is at the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office firing range, as the museum dually hosts its annual live fire event.

3 p.m. LPSO Firing Range, U.S. Highway 90, Raceland. (985) 873-8200.

ARTS GRANT WORKSHOP –

March 21 FREE

The Houma Regional Arts Council hosts a workshop for organizations interested in applying for funding through its Parish Arts Funding program, including a general overview of the application process, a Q&A session, assistance with project idea development and one-on-one consultations.

6-7 p.m. Bayou Terrebonne Waterlife Museum, 7910 Park Ave., Houma. (985) 873-6367.

TRESORS du BAYOU EDUCATION PROGRAM –

March 22 FREE

Treasures of the Bayou culls local artists, chefs and educators to present south Louisiana culture. Basket weaving, traditional net making, crafting Spanish moss dolls and paper-pulp paintings are some of the craft demonstrations. Amanda Shaw and The Cute Guys end the program with a concert.

9 a.m. to 1:10 p.m. Nicholls State University, near John L. Guidry Stadium. (985) 448-4554.

LOUISIANA SWAMP STOMP FESTIVAL

March 22-24

The annual three-day music festival features Don Rich, Walyon Thibodeaux, Chubby Carrier, Steve Riley, Cameron Dupuy and others, as well as zydeco dance lessons. On Friday, attendees are urged to decorate their white shrimp boots and enter the Cajun BOOTiful Contest. ($10)

Nicholls State University. (985) 448-4965.

DOWNTOWN LIVE AFTER FIVE –

March 22 FREE

Southern Cross perform. Bring a lawn chair.

Courthouse Square, 7856 W. Main St., Houma. (985) 873-6408.

SOUTHDOWN MARKETPLACE ARTS AND CRAFTS FESTIVAL –

March 23

More than 300 vendors selling handmade arts, crafts and more set up on the museum’s grounds. Museum tours are given, and a children’s tent featuring arts, crafts and games ranging from free to $3 is located near the gift shop. Admission is $5 for adults, and children 12 and younger get in free.

8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Southdown Plantation, 1208 Museum Drive. (985) 851-0154.

5K CAN-CAN AND 1 MILE WHITE BOOT WADDLE

March 23

Registration costs $25 and two can goods for the 5K, and $15 and two can goods for the White Boot Waddle. Participants receive a pass to Saturday’s Swamp Stomp and a t-shirt. The route takes runners around the Nicholls State University campus.

9 a.m. Nicholls State University. (985) 448-4554.

ACADIANA DRAGON BOAT FESTIVAL –

March 23 FREE

Roughly 20 dragon boats holding 20 rowers and one drummer race down Bayou Teche in a bracket-style tournament. The festival also features live music by Nik L Beer, food and beverages.

9 a.m. Bouligny Plaza, 102 W. Main St., New Iberia. (337) 352-2180 or www.acadianadragonboatfestival.com.

BRITTANY’S PROJECT CAR SHOW –

March 23

The second-annual car, truck, motorcycle, tractor and special-interest show is held to help build a recreation and social venue for people with disabilities. Several awards are given, including Best Lawn and Garden Modified, Best Burnout and Best Ratiest Rod. Bands perform until 2 p.m. ($5 per car gate fee)

9 a.m. Former Oaklawn Sugar Mill Site, 2918 La. Highway 87, Franklin. (337) 828-2284 or www.brittanysproject.org.

PLAY IT FORWARD CASINO AND AUCTION NIGHT –

March 23

The fourth-annual event benefitting Bayou Country Children’s Museum is geared at entertaining the adults. Professionally run casino tables, three silent auction tables, a live auction and live entertainment by Jacob Hebert are scheduled. ($50 before March 16, $65 after)

6:30-11 p.m. Bayou Country Children’s Museum, 211 Rue Betancourt, Thibodaux. (985) 446-2200.

RODEO –

March 23

The third rodeo of the Winter Series, the event features bull riding, barrel racing and more. Admission is $10 for adults, $7 for children 12 and younger, and children 2 and younger get in free.

7 p.m. Houma Air Base Arena, 121 Moffet Road. (985) 868-3484.

LAFOURCHE ROPING CLUB RODEO –

March 24 FREE

The rodeo features Jackpot 4D Barrels, senior bulls, calves, steers, and junior bulls. Registration costs $30 for barrel and senior bull competitions.

2 p.m. Raceland Arena, 101 Senior Citizen Drive. (985) 637-5861 or lafourcheropingclub@gmail.com.

ARTS GRANT WORKSHOP –

March 25 FREE

The Houma Regional Arts Council hosts a workshop for organizations interested in applying for funding through its Parish Arts Funding program, including a general overview of the application process, a Q&A session, assistance with project idea development and one-on-one consultations.

6-7 p.m. Bayou Terrebonne Waterlife Museum, 7910 Park Ave., Houma. (985) 873-6367.

PARADE OF RODS –

March 29-31

The 14th-annual event is sponsored by the Mardi Gras Street Rods. Pre-entry registration is $25 (before March 15), and regular registration costs $30.

Ramada Inn, 1400 W. Tunnel Blvd., Houma. (985) 447-2210.

COMMUNITY EASTER EGG HUNT –

March 30 FREE

The annual Easter egg hunt is complemented with games, face painting, space walks, the Easter Bunny and prizes. Registration begins at noon.

Noon to 2 p.m. The Life Church, 2324 Coteau Road, Houma. (985) 851-2222.

PADDLE BAYOU LAFOURCHE –

April 4-8

The annual 52-mile, four-day paddling trip along Bayou Lafourche begins in Donaldsonville. Registration costs $30 per day or $110 for four days with a canoe; it costs $50 and $190, respectively, if a rental is needed. Participants can register at www.btnep.org.

Bayou Lafourche. (800) 259-0869 or www.btnep.org.

Have an event in April? Send the details – what, when, where and contact information – to editor@gumboguide.com.

The Cajun Rollergirls, who play five home games this year, open their season March 9 against the Magnolia Roller Vixens in Thibodaux’s Harang Auditorium. Adult tickets cost $10 and children from 6 to 12 years old pay $6.

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The Lil’ Wranglers Youth Rodeo series, open to boys and girls between the ages of 3 and 18, returns March 16. It is one of many horse and rodeo events in Lafourche and Terrebonne parishes this month.

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