Friday marks the start of the St. Patrick’s Day Weekend and the 4th Annual Celtic Bayou Festival at Warehouse 535 in Lafayette.
“We wanted a family friendly celebration of St. Patrick’s day. ”
When Tony Davoren, and Ireland native and one of the founders of Celtic Bayou Festival started celebrating St. Patrick’s Day in Acadiana he felt like something was missing.
“We thought we would put on something that we considered truly authentic and at the same time educate our kids and the families that come.”
The Celtic dance and music performances take care of the authenticity. As for education, the festival plans to give people a chance to discover Acadina’s Celtic roots.
Mark Foley, president of the Acadiana chapter of Ancient Order of Hibernians says, “The Thibodeauxs, Heberts, from France along with the Comeauxs, come from a Celtic part of France.”
Davoren explains that it’s part of the Celitic diaspora. “A lot of people that came down originally from Canada they would be part of the Celtic diaspora.”
Foley discovered his Celtic roots just a few years ago. “My ancestors came to the port of New Orleans and we found a tombstone that says we’re from Glanmire County Cork Ireland.”
Now as president of the local chapter of the Ancient Order of Hibernians Foley will help others do the same during the Celtic Bayou Festival. “At the LUS Fiber Genealogy booth, people would be able to come and trace their roots.”
Organizers are still looking for volunteers. If you you’re interested, want tickets or want a look at the festival’s schedule visit their website here.