The Festival International de Louisiane is underway in Lafayette, and festivalgoers are lining up to enjoy the festivities from all over the world. Kelly Strenge with the Lafayette Convention and Visitors Bureau says there will be entertainers from as far away as Europe and Africa.
“All the stages are open, and all the food booths are open. We have bands from all over the world coming to Lafayette to entertain you,” Strenge said.
Strenge says attendees can even expect to see some big local names like Marc Broussard. She says this is a family friendly event, and during the weekend, there’s a section of the festival that’s just for kids. She says attendance is free, and they even have free parking at the Cajun Dome.
“The whole thing takes over all of downtown. So parking will be at a premium in the downtown area, but park at the Cajun Dome or Cajun Field and take the free shuttle to the festival,” Strenge said.
Strenge says this year the Heritage Stage was removed because of budget constraints. She says in its place, they’ll have space for even more vendors. She says artists from all over the Bayou State come to the festival to show off their work.
“So you can buy jewelry, furniture, clothing, just an assortment of things made by Louisiana artists, and then also from vendors from around the world with import type of merchandise,” Strenge said.
The festival in downtown Lafayette lasts until Sunday.