The Gueydan Duck Festival
There are more than four hundred festivals held each year in Louisiana—celebrating local food, wildlife, bayou music, and much else. That comes out to eight a weekend, or more than one for every incorporated city, town, or village in the state. Highlights of the coming months include the Luling Alligator Festival, the Natchitoches Meat Pie Festival, and the St. Martinville Creole Zydeco Festival. There is also Morgan City’s Shrimp and Petroleum Festival, which honors the two staples of the regional economy. The industries are no longer on very good terms with each other, however, so this year’s festival may have the atmosphere of a dinner party at which two quarreling spouses force themselves to act lovingly in front of their guests.
But the season’s crowning glory is the Duck Festival, held in Gueydan, the self-proclaimed “Duck Capital of America.” Festivities include the Duck and Goose Calling Contest, Decoy Carving, and the Open Wild Game Cookoff. On Saturday don’t miss musical performances by Chubby Carrier and the Bayou Swamp Band and Jamie Bergeron and the Kickin Cajuns.
For more information visit duckfestival.org
404 Duck Festival Road,