By: Brittany Racca
Before you slip on your cowboy boots to dance the nights away at the annual Louisiana Sugar Cane Festival, check out a few things you should ask before attending, such as where is it, what should you wear, what to expect and much more.
1) What is it?
Year to year the festival honors the sugar industry and brings together sugar producing parishes in an all-out 5-day soiree like only Louisianans can throw. It has entertainment, food, fairs, tractors, parades, royalty and more.
2) Where is it?
The Sugar Cane Festival actually takes place across New Iberia. The "all ages" street fair with kiddie rides, a petting zoo, entertainment and fireworks will be held downtown in Bouligny Plaza. Three parades will party down New Iberia’s Main Street. Cyr Gates Community Center houses numerous events during the festival including a photography and art show, garden/flower show and sugar cookie bake off and the SugArena @ Acadiana Fairgrounds hosts the 4-H Livestock shows. Click here for the full schedule.
3) When is it?
Always the fourth full weekend in September.
4) Where to park?
The great thing about being a small town is that the parking is free! There is parking along New Iberia’s Historic Downtown as well as its side streets for the parades. Bouligny Plaza and parts of Main Street will be closed for the downtown festivities. The other events all have parking lots at the venues. Our motto is “follow the cars” and you’ll find your way.
5) What should you wear?
We suggest light, breezy clothing, a hat and closed in shoes. Although it’s “fall” it is the South and the sun can take its toll if you’re out enjoying the activities all day. Also, no one likes stepped on toes when you’re diving for beads and candy. Check the forecast a few days before attending to gage what to expect and plan accordingly.
6) What makes this festival different?
The Louisiana Sugar Cane Festival has been a staple in Iberia Parish for 78 years and continues to grow. With new offerings added such as Farm Fest at Shadows-on-the-Teche, to classics like the blessing of the crop, and the Sweet Harvest Car Show (starts on Main Street and ends at the Sugar Cane Festival Building) the festival is still one of the area’s favorite times of year. Tradition is an important aspect in Southern Louisiana culture. Iberia Parish’s ties to sugar cane are ingrained in its history and the people recognize that. The pride that is felt for both the festival and sugar industry in Iberia Parish is fierce and every September residents come together to celebrate its impact on their hometowns.
7) More information?
Visit the official website for the Louisiana Sugar Cane Festival at HiSugar.org for a complete schedule of events and locations and for any other questions you might have.
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