Activities

Traditional folk life artists, government agencies, non-profits and educational groups participate every year with interactive exhibits to teach children and adults about the history, culture and bounty of the environment, as well as their efforts to restore Louisiana’s wetlands. Visitors can learn about traditional wooden toys, how to carve a duck decoy, recane a chair, and make a cypress paddle. They can also see how to make primitive weapons and hone the skills required to use them and see how to make their own cast net.

There are not many other places on Earth, if any, where visitors can show off their skills in a cast net throwing contest. And it is a well-known fact that La Fete is the only festival attended by the Cast Net King. This is the only time anyone can catch a glimpse of the mythological King who lives in the swamp, 45 minutes south of Thibodaux. He only emerges from the swamp to enter the cast net throwing competition in order to regain his title, and to raise awareness of Louisiana’s disappearing wetlands. The Cast Net King also likes to eat the delicious food at the festival, like gumbo, beignets, hamburgers and homemade pies. There is much more food to sample, all of which are native dishes of Louisiana.

La Fête not only offers great food and music, but it also reminds visitors why the Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary is an exceptional region to work and play in. The festival is all about music, ecology, heritage, home…it’s about all of us.


  • Children’s activities
  • Wetland Jeopardy
  • Build bird feeders
  • Tou Lou Lou  & Apple Snail Races
  • Life Size Crab Trap
  • Primitive Weapon Making
  • Wood Carving
  • Cast Net Throwing Competition
  • Duck Calling Competition
  • Cast Net King
  • Estuary Painting and much more!

Magician Glen Ghirardi

Morgan City resident Glen Ghirardi has been called the Magician’s Magician.  He is the recipient of numerous awards for his stage act including international accolades.  Mr. Ghirardi has performed throughout the United States for conventions, television, corporate events, schools, libraries, birthday parties, and Avondale Shipyard in New Orleans with over 21,000 people in attendance!  Glen Ghirardi has specialized in creating educational programs for schools.  By combining entertainment with education, the theme of his magic program is to deliver a message on the awareness of substance abuse and “bullies”, a much needed topic.  His act consists of comedy, audience participation and the use of live doves. For the young or the young at heart, the magic of Glen Ghirardi is a true crowd pleaser!

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