7th Annual Bayou Vermilion Festival & Boat Parade

When: 20-May-2018 - 7:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Where: Vermilionville | Bayou Vermilion | Camellia Bridge



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, fishing, food, drinks and much more! New this year, we are incorporating the Catfish Rodeo and Cook-Off (see below).     


Begin your paddle at Vermilionville after the festival at 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. 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.


***To rent your craft from Bayou Vermilion District, please click here. Rentals are limited. If you are renting a craft from us, 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.***



Click here for instructions if you are a paddler. Click  here for instructions if you are a boater.


For a map of viewing locations, be sure to click on the binocular image below.





  7:00 a.m. -  8:30 a.m. | Catfish Rodeo Registration at Vermilionville, Beaver Park & Rotary Point  

  7:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. | Catfish Rodeo commences and ends at Vermilionville; pre-registrants can begin at 7:00 a.m.       

10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. | Catfish Cook-off at Vermilionville - Pre-registrants can begin set-up only at 9:00 a.m. If you did not pre-register online, please arrive at 8:30 a.m. to complete registration.                   

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. | Rodeo weigh-in at Bayou Vermilion District dock  

12:00 p.m. - 12:30 p.m. | Catfish Cook-off Tasting & Judging 

12:45 p.m. | Catfish Rodeo & Cook-Off Awards and Kayak Raffle held on the dock of Vermilionville  


***Interested in the Catfish Rodeo & Cook-Off? Click here to register.***         





10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. | Drop-off your paddle craft or claim your rented craft at Vermilionville's boat corral, then park your car on Bellaire Rd. at the Camellia Bridge Canoe and Kayak Launch near the Camellia Blvd. Bridge. A shuttle will bring you back to the parade's starting point at Vermilionville. 


10:00 a.m. | Meet & greet with the Bayou Operations Team, kids' crafts and activities including a bubble station, "Bayou Bones" Art Exhibit plus more


10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. | Free yoga class along the Retention Pond


10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. | Free face painting for adults and kids 


12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. | Live music by the New Native Brass Band


12:30 p.m. | Line up to load your paddle craft for the parade into the water at the canoe launch


 2:00 p.m. | Parade launches from Vermilionville, led by the Grand Marshal and the New Natives Brass 


 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. | Music by Patrick Henry and the Liberation Band, food by La Cuisine de Maman, beverages (including our special Floatilla Ale by Bayou Teche Brewing), vending, games by Olympic Grove, prizes announced for "Spirit of the Bayou" contest and more at Camellia Bridge Canoe and Kayak Launch near the Camellia Blvd. Bridge.


For additional information concerning the festival, please call Brady McKellar at 337.233.4077 x.211 or via email at Vville@BayouVermilionDistrict.org.


View safety tips and our rain contingency plan by clicking here.