Lafayette LA Community Profile
Welcome to Lafayette- the heart of Cajun Country and the cultural center of Louisiana's heritage.
www.lafchamber.org | 1 2 | www.lafchamber.org www.lafchamber.org | 3 4 | www.lafchamber.org www.lafchamber.org | 5 www.lafchamber.org | 7 TABLE OF CONTENTS 10 13 13 14 16 18 22 23 24 26 34 39 44 49 51 58 64 66 72 74 78 80 83 BIENVENUE À LAFAYETTE Welcome to Lafayette APPRENEZ CE QU’EST UNE ACADIANA Learn about One Acadiana MESSAGE DU DIRECTEUR GÉNÉRAL ET DU PRÉSIDENT Message from the President & Chairman Embrace One Acadiana leadership Immerse yourself in culture ADHÉREZ AU LEADERSHIP D’UNE ACADIANA PLONGEZ-VOUS DANS LA CULTURE ACCÉDEZ AUX SERVICES GOUVERNEMENTAUX Access government services OBTENEZ DE L’INFORMATION SUR LA COMMUNAUTÉ Gain community information DÉCOUVREZ LA RÉGION Explore the area UTILISEZ LES RESSOURCES Utilize the resources INNOVEZ DANS VOTRE ENTREPRISE Innovate your business Credit: Zoom Photo Studio, LLC TROUVEZ LA MAISON PARFAITE Hunt for the perfect property ENTRAÎNEZ VOTRE CERVEAU Train your brain STIMULEZ L’INDUSTRIE Energize the industry OBTENEZ JUSTICE Seek justice VIVEZ EN BONNE SANTÉ Attain healthy living DÉCOUVREZ LES ARTS ET LES SITES TOURISTIQUES Discover arts & attractions This is a Town Square Publication created and produced for the One Acadiana, formerly the Greater Lafayette Chamber of Commerce 804 E St. Mary Blvd. P .O. Box 51307 Lafayette, LA 70505 Phone: 337-233-2705 • Fax: 337-234-8671 Website: oneacadiana.org Copyright© 2015 Town Square Publications 155 E. Algonquin Road, Arlington Heights, IL 60005 www.townsquarepublications.com Every effort has been made to assure the accuracy of the information in this publication. The Chamber and Town Square assume no responsibility for misinformation. Please contact the Chamber with any additions or corrections. Reproduction in whole or in part without permission of the Chamber and Town Square is prohibited. Chairman, CEO, President and Publisher Douglas K. Ray Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Scott Stone Director Scott Ray Editor Gerry Alger Production Manager Joe Nugara Client Liaison/Content Coordinator Stefanie Mikutis Acquisition Manager Steve Rogers Graphic Designer Kirsten Riedl Ad Production Coordinator Tiffany Salerno DONNEZ AUX AUTRES Give to others AMUSEZ-VOUS ET BOUGEZ Play & be active MAGASINEZ AVEC STYLE Shop in style FAITES LA FÊTE COMME NOUS Feast like a local CÉLÉBREZ LES FESTIVALS ET ÉVÉNEMENTS Celebrate festivals & events SÉJOURNEZ CONFORTABLEMENT Stay in comfort ADVERTISER INDEX 8 | TABLE OF CONTENTS Windows, Siding and Hurricane Shutters â€“ Jim Olivierâ€™s Is The Most Trusted Home Improvement Service In Acadiana. ATTENTION DESIGNER! Please make sure there is a .25-inch margin on all sides of this ad where no text or logos are present! www.lafchamber.org | 9 BIENVENUE À LAFAYETTE Welcome to Lafayette Bienvenue à Lafayette (Welcome to Lafayette) – the heart of Cajun Country. We are the center of Acadiana, the name given to the traditional 22-parish Cajun homeland; officially recognized by the Louisiana state legislature for its unique Acadian and Creole heritage. Greater Lafayette is the Hub City of the region for retail, business, entertainment, banking, technology, energy and health care. We are proud of our “wildcatter” spirit that has made South Louisiana famous worldwide. Lafayette brags about “Innovation with an Accent,” where fiber is discussed as a technology, as well as a basic food ingredient. With the unique flavor of our delicious Cajun cuisine, distinctive musical sounds, a thriving arts community, and fun-loving festivals, Lafayette has proven to be a place many generations have called home. 10 | BIENVENUE À LAFAYETTE www.lafchamber.org | 11 Credit: Zoom Photo Studio, LLC Lafayette is located between New Orleans and Houston, and many people, after briefly stopping on the way to another destination, end up staying. Once you have attended one of our annual festivals, been invited to a family dinner or conducted a business deal with a cutting-edge company over a seafood platter, itâ€™s hard not to want to call Lafayette home. The appeal of our Cajun Culture is an accent on the work and play that is founded in our French and Spanish history and heritage. In this directory and community profile, you will find everything you need to know about living, doing business and experiencing the unique culture of Lafayette. From basic facts about taxes, population, and government, to articles on dining, oil and gas, to the communities that make up Acadiana, we will get you started on life in Lafayette. We have all of the amenities of a big city and the charm of a small town. One Acadiana, formerly the Greater Lafayette Chamber of Commerce, has an abundance of information and resources to help make your time in our community one you will not forget. We hope your stay in Lafayette will be a long one. Credit: Zoom Photo Studio, LLC 12 | BIENVENUE Ă€ LAFAYETTE APPRENEZ CE QU’EST UNE ACADIANA Learn about One Acadiana One Acadiana, formerly the Greater Lafayette Chamber of Commerce, is the leading force in the improvement of the business environment, the economic health, development, and prosperity of the region. One Acadiana is the premier economic development organization for the nine-parish Acadiana region located in south Louisiana. With over 1,200 investors, members, and partners, One Acadiana serves as the voice of the regional business community. The organization is located in the city of Lafayette and serves a region of roughly 700,000 people with a vibrant culture and unique entrepreneurial spirit. Credit: Zoom Photo Studio, LLC DIRECTEUR GÉNÉRAL MESSAGE DU ET DU PRÉSIDENT Message from the President & Chairman We are extraordinarily excited to share that we recently achieved our fundraising goal in The Campaign for One Acadiana. This accomplishment means we now have the funding and leadership in place to begin implementing our bold, new regional initiative for the businesses and families of Acadiana. This initiative will deliver a new, highly professional, nationally competitive economic development program for the region, which will help manage Acadiana’s current and long-term growth, retain and grow current business, and diversify the economic base by attracting new emerging growth industries and professional talent. Our 2015 Board of Directors represents a diverse group of businesses of all sizes, across every parish and every major industry sector in Acadiana. As their ﬁrst order of business, they adopted a 2015 Business Plan focused on the priorities of our members and investors. In addition, they voted unanimously to adopt the new name “One Acadiana” as we embark on this regional transformation. The Board of Directors will be supported by the guidance and vision of our CEO Advisory Council, comprised of the biggest investors in One Acadiana. Everyone who is a current member of the Chamber is automatically a part of this new regional organization. We are not creating a separate organization. We are transforming into a regional organization. We will continue to represent our general membership and are excited to provide new regional engagement opportunities. In addition to leading new regional activities, One Acadiana will continue to provide leadership and coordination for local business issues in Lafayette Parish. Local chambers in other Acadiana municipalities and parishes will continue to provide leadership over business issues in their areas, and One Acadiana will work together with them to help inform the planning and implementation of the new regional initiative. We are humbled and thrilled by the tremendous support of our members, investors, and partners across the nineparish area. We look forward to working with you to build a vibrant and prosperous future. Sincerely, Joseph Zanco 2015 Chairman Chief Financial Ofﬁcer Home Bank Jason El Koubi President & CEO One Acadiana APPRENEZ CE QU’EST UNE ACADIANA • MESSAGE DU DIRECTEUR GÉNÉRAL ET DU PRÉSIDENT | 13 ADHÉREZ AU LEADERSHIP D’UNE ACADIANA Embrace One Acadiana leadership CEO Advisory Council David Callecod Lafayette General Health CEO Advisory Council Chairman Al Gonsoulin PHI, Inc. Gregg Gothreaux Lafayette Economic Development Authority Natalie Harder South Louisiana Community College Lenny Lemoine The Lemoine Company Jim Moncus Keith Myers LHC Group Joseph Savoie University of Louisiana at Lafayette Reneé and Herbie Schilling Schilling Distributing/ ITA TRUCKS/Idealease/ Acadiana Waste Services Matt Stuller Stuller Jerry Vascocu IBERIABANK Chairman-Elect Grant Guillotte Capital One Bank Treasurer Jason El Koubi One Acadiana President & CEO Chris Allain Vidox David Andrus Dwight Andrus Companies Glenn Angelle Angelle Architects, LLC Prescott Bailey Young’s Industries, LLC Bud Barrow Our Lady of Lourdes Regional Medical Center Stephen Bartley MassMutual Financial Group Adrian Baudoin Acadiana Computer Systems, Inc. Jim Bernard Stuller Board OF DIRECTORS Joseph Zanco Home Bank 2015 Chairman Julie Simon-Dronet COX Immediate Past Chair Facials • Massage ag • Hair • Nails Gift Cards Available 2319 Kaliste Saloom Road 337.981.0608 www. spamizan.com 14 | ADHÉREZ AU LEADERSHIP D’UNE ACADIANA Ben Berthelot Lafayette Convention and Visitors Commission Kevin Blanchard Lafayette City-Parish Government Kathy Bobbs Women’s & Children’s Hospital/The Regional Medical Center of Acadiana Vicky Bowers Bowers Law Firm Sue Soileau Brignac Washington State Bank Blake Broussard Broussard Brothers/ Acadian Contractors, Inc. Donald Broussard The Lemoine Company Nicholas Cahanin The Picard Group Gabe Camalo BETA Land Services Katie Chiasson Cleco Todd Citron Hub City Ford, Inc. Troy Cloutier MidSouth Bank Floyd Degueyter CLM Equipment Co., LLC Francis Delhomme SLEMCO Ryan Domengeaux Schumacher Group Patrick Duhon Duhon Brothers Oil David Edmond Postlethwaite & Netterville Gerald Faulk Fire & Safety Specialists Charles Fenstermaker FENSTERMAKER Frank Fink St. Mary Parish Economic Development Bill Fontenot Acadiana Regional Alliance Cody Gielen Shop Rite Joe Giglio Liskow & Lewis Gregg Gothreaux Lafayette Economic Development Authority Beth Guidry Acadiana Economic Development Council Darrell Guillory The Moody Company/ Louisiana State Newspapers Michael Handley Townsend Addiction Recovery Centers/Hedge Media Group Natalie Harder South Louisiana Community College Trey Harper CGI Randy Haynie Haynie & Associates Ed Hebert Chase Bank Raymond Hébert Community Foundation of Acadiana Jim Henderson University of Louisiana at Lafayette Mary Ellen Henry JohnPac, Inc Trey Hill Atmos Energy Cecil Hymel McIlhenny Company Jay Jackson Stuller, Retired/LaPESC Ed Jimenez Entergy Erick Knezek Truston Technologies, Inc. Mark Knight Knight Oil Tools EJ Krampe McDonald’s of Acadiana David Mann I-49 South Coalition Thomas Marcotte Chevron Randy McCollum Blue Sky Innovations, LLC Quay McKnight M & M International Mike Moncla Moncla Companies Brach Myers LHC Group Frank Neuner NeunerPate Daniel Nugier The Southwest Group Hunter Perret The Perret Group, LLC Ronnie Petree St. Martin Bank & Trust Co. Allyson Pharr Acadian Companies Doug Place Dupré Logistics James Plumley Billeaud Companies Jim Prince Stone Energy Corporation, Retired Gus Rantz AMG Specialty Hospitals Jady Regard Cane River Pecan Company Gary Russo Jones Walker Chris Schouest Schilling Distributing Company, Inc. Mark Suellentrop Cabot Corporation Mike Tarantino Iberia Industrial Development Foundation Carrie Templeton Lafayette General Health Judi Terzotis The Daily Advertiser Gina Tuttle Guglielmo, Lopez, Tuttle, Hunter & Jarrell Paul Watts Bell Helicopter Flo Ziegler Stone Energy Corporation ONE ACADIANA STAFF Jason El Koubi President & CEO Jim Bourgeois Executive Director, Business Development Jeff Bashaw Chief Operating Officer (COO) Jill SanFilippo Chief Financial Officer (CFO) & Vice President, Administration Faith A. Garbett Executive Assistant to the President & CEO Missy Bienvenu Andrade Director, Investor Relations Anita Begnaud Director, Marketing & Communications Blair W. Green Director, Events & Special Projects Lauren Thibodeaux Manager, Talent Development Emily Doré Manager, Marketing & Design Courtney Thomas Manager, Accounting Jackson Voss Policy Analyst Contact Information Physical Address: 804 E. Saint Mary Blvd. Lafayette, LA 70505 Mailing Address: P.O. Box 51307 Lafayette, LA 70505 Phone: (337) 233-2705 Fax: (337) 234-8671 Website: oneacadiana.org Facebook: facebook.com/ oneacadiana Twitter: twitter.com/ oneacadiana ADHÉREZ AU LEADERSHIP D’UNE ACADIANA | 15 PLONGEZ-VOUS DANS LA CULTURE Immerse yourself in culture Credit: Zoom Photo Studio, LLC Lafayette is located along Interstate 10, between New Orleans and Houston, Texas. It is 35 miles north of the Gulf of Mexico, known for its abundance of seafood and recreational opportunities, and 15 miles west of the Atchafalaya Basin, America’s largest river swamp. Lafayette is the government seat for Lafayette Parish, which is located in the hub of the nine-parish region in the heart of Acadiana which includes Acadia, Evangeline, Iberia, Jeff Davis, Lafayette, St. Landry, St. Martin, St. Mary, and Vermilion Parishes. A large number of the 230,000 Lafayette Parish residents are called Acadians or “Cajuns.” The name comes from the Acadian settlers who were forced to leave Canada in 1755 and migrated to this region in search of a new home. The Cajuns are famous for their style of cooking, which includes well-seasoned dishes like gumbo, crawfish etouffée, and jambalaya. Downtown Lafayette initiated a revitalization effort in the 1990s and today is once again the cultural center of the city. The continuing proliferation of restaurants, galleries, shops, museums, bars, and weekly live music events is evident in the vibrant core of greater Lafayette. Today, about 45 percent of the people in Acadiana still speak French as a second language, although the “Cajun French” dialect has words unique to the area, like “cher,” “canaille,” “boucherie,” and “ca c’est bon.” 16 | PLONGEZ-VOUS DANS LA CULTURE Though the area is predominantly Catholic, every major religion is represented in Lafayette, including Protestant, Jewish, and Islamic religions. Lafayette received its name in 1884 to commemorate the Marquis de La Fayette who fought in the American Revolution. It was originally named Vermilionville in 1821 by its founder, French speaking Jean Mouton. The 250th anniversary of the birth of the Marquis de La Fayette was celebrated community-wide in 2007. Two nationally recognized telecommunication providers have established Lafayette as one of the most connected cities in the nation. LUS Fiber, a division of the municipally owned Lafayette Utilities System, and Cox Communications offer TV, Internet, and phone services to homes and businesses in the city. The cumulative networks’ expanded bandwidth plays a key role in Lafayette’s economic development and has garnered regional, state, and national interest. Cox is an established presence with its significant national support base and LUS Fiber is the first Louisiana municipal broadband system to offer communication services over a 100 percent fiber optic network. Credit: Zoom Photo Studio, LLC BARRY’S 136 N. Long Street Lafayette, LA 70506 OFF.: 337-232-4741 FAX: 337-232-4914 AIR CONDITIONING, INC. Barry Duplechin E-Mail: email@example.com OUR SERVICES OFFERING: PRIVATE LINE SERVICES Secure and Reliable. Our private line services provide point-to-point or multi-point connectivity. Private Line DS-1 to OC-192 Bit rates from 1.544Mbps to 10Gbps Private Line Ethernet - VPLS(ELAN) and VLL(ELINE) Bit rates from 1.544Mbps to 10Gbps BROADBAND REDUNDANCY PLUS Is your organization prepared for a loss in telecommunication services? Let Network USA’s sales and engineering consultants help you mitigate your exposure by designing for your company a cost effective disaster recovery solution. WAVELENGTH SERVICES Bit rates at 2.5Gbps, 10Gbps, or 40Gbps INTERNET - Bit rates from 1.544Mbps to 2.5Gbps VOIP - Voice service with standard or advanced features PLONGEZ-VOUS DANS LA CULTURE | 17 AUX SERVICES ACCÉDEZ GOUVERNEMENTAUX Access Government Services With an estimated population exceeding a quarter of a million residents, the centrally-located Parish (county) of Lafayette serves as an economic center for south central Louisiana. The region’s legendary “joie de vivre” and our unique Cajun and Creole cultures are known around the globe, creating an enviable environment in which to live, work, and play. Lafayette is also home to a world-class workforce, an integrated transportation network, a diversified business base, preeminent high-tech infrastructure, and a metropolitan appeal. This combination of culture and commerce is a powerful magnet for diverse growth in Acadiana. The city is the center of a region that is both multicultural and multi-industrial. “From oil and gas extraction to crawfish farming, we’ve created unique industries while developing technologies that are now the global standard,” states Gregg Gothreaux, President and CEO of the Lafayette Economic Development Authority (LEDA). Today, Lafayette has diversified by positioning itself as a medical, transportation, entertainment, education, and retail hub. The business base of the parish includes energy services, manufacturing, health care, transportation and distribution, education, information technology, finance, tourism, and other service-related industries. The resilience of Lafayette’s economy is attributed to its entrepreneurial spirit and productive workforce that demonstrates a strong work ethic influenced by southern values. With this foundation, Lafayette Parish is able to nurture an economy that has a low unemployment rate which, in turn, supports a growing population, about government services, and fosters call (337) 291-8200 or a strong real visit lafayettela.gov. estate and retail market. For more information GENERAL DENTISTRY Dr. Curtis H. Roy & Associates Curtis H. Roy, D.D.S. • David B. Chambers, D.D.S. Luan A. Nguyen, D.D.S. Established 1970 337.981.9811 • 800.433.5138 www.drcurtisroyandassociates.com 3703 Johnston St., Lafayette Complete Dentistry for Individuals, Families & BUSINESSES! Our Office: No Insurance? No Problem! • Has 4 Full-Time Dental Hygienists Dr. Curtis H. Roy & Associates offers a • Offers A Dental Credit Card 12-Month-Interest-Free • Accepts Most Insurance Plans DENTAL CREDIT CARD! • Electronically Files For You Apply online! Call 337.981.9811 for details! • Accepts Workman's Comp Insurance • Sees Emergency Patients The Same Day They Call • Speaks English, Spanish & Vietnamese • Makes Our Own Crowns, Bridges, Dentures & Implants Find us on Facebook! 18 | ACCÉDEZ AUX SERVICES GOUVERNEMENTAUX Credit: Zoom Photo Studio, LLC ACCÉDEZ AUX SERVICES GOUVERNEMENTAUX | 19 Municipalities City of Lafayette.............. (337) 291-8200 lafayettela.gov City of Broussard.............(337) 837-6681 broussardla.com City of Carencro.............. (337) 896-8481 carencro.org Town of Duson................. (337) 873-6754 townofduson.org City of Scott..................... (337) 233-1130 cityofscott.org City of Youngsville............(337) 856-4181 youngsville.us Lafayette City-Parish Council District 1 – Kevin Naquin District 2 – Jay Castille District 3 – Brandon Shelvin District 4 – Kenneth P. Boudreaux District 5 – Jared Bellard District 6 – Andre P. “Andy” Naquin District 7 – Donald L. Bertrand District 8 – Keith Patin District 9 – William Theriot PUBLIC SAFETY: GOVERNMENT AND SERVICES • Lafayette City/Parish is governed by a consolidated government consisting of an elected President and Council • Area townships and municipalities are governed by an elected Mayor and Aldermen Location Lafayette Broussard Full Time Reserve Police Officers Officers 26 Full Time Firemen Reserve Fire Insurance Firemen Rating 34 28 4 4 3 258 12 229 ——— 2 2 ——— ——— 26 4 2 19 4 4 ——— 22 ——— ——— 51 Carencro Duson Scott Youngsville Sheriff 13 ——— 15 35 4 347 30 ——— ——— ——— Source: Lafayette, Broussard, Carencro, Duson, Scott and Youngsville Police & Fire Departments, and the Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Department — Last Update December 2013 Credit: Lafayette Economic Development Authority Police Department (337) 291-8600 lafayettela.gov/police Director of Public Works (337) 291-8502 lafayettela.gov/publicworks Development Authority (337) 291-5566 downtownlafayette.org Lafayette Economic Development Authority (337) 593-1400 lafayette.org Lafayette Consolidated Government Information (337) 291-8200 lafayettela.gov Lafayette Parish Sales Tax Collector (337) 236-5880 City of Lafayette Tax Collector (337) 291-8270 Lafayette Parish Assessor (337) 291-7080 lafayetteassessor.com Government Contact Information Director of Parks and Recreation (337) 291-8370 lafayettela.gov/parksandrecreation Director of Planning, Zoning and Codes (337) 291-8000 The assessor's primary responsibility is to find the fair market value of your property. Assessors are mandated by state law to reassess property at least every four years. The next mandatory reassessment will be in 2016. Louisiana’s laws allow the application of several exemptions or abatements of property taxes. • Homestead Exemption - Residential properties often qualify for • homestead exemption of up to $7500 of the assessed valuation. • Special Assessment Level Abatement - Senior citizens, certain • disabled individuals and widows of certain veterans can apply for • this abatement to "freeze" the assessed value of their homes. • Restoration Tax Abatement - This abatement is available to business • owners and homeowners who expand, restore, improve or develop • an existing structure in a downtown development district, economic • development district or historic district. • Industrial Tax Exemption - The industrial tax exemption is available • only to manufacturers new to the state as well as new investments and • miscellaneous capital additions to existing facilities in Louisiana. See our web site at www.lafayetteassessor.com for: • Information on property valuations, tax calculations, available property tax • exemptions and various other topics about property assessment and tax. Conrad T. Comeaux Lafayette Parish Assessor • Downloadable forms • Database searches by either street address or assessment • numbers; viewing a map of the property. • Use of the tax estimator to get an unofficial estimate of taxes. 1010 Lafayette Street • Suite 402 • Lafayette, LA 70501 337.291.7080 • 337.291.7086 fax www.lafayetteassessor.com 20 | ACCÉDEZ AUX SERVICES GOUVERNEMENTAUX Credit: Zoom Photo Studio, LLC ACCÉDEZ AUX SERVICES GOUVERNEMENTAUX | 21 Gain community information DE L’INFORMATION OBTENEZ SUR LA COMMUNAUTÉ For more information: Call (337) 291-7140 or visit sos.la.gov. To register to vote in Lafayette Parish, you must be a U.S. citizen, at least 18 years old, mentally sound, and under no order of imprisonment for the conviction of a felony. You can apply in person at the Registrar’s office: Parish Government Building, 1010 Lafayette St. Helpful Community Information: ●● An out-of-state driver’s license is valid for 30 days after establishing residency in Louisiana. ●● The regional Office of Motor Vehicles is located at 3241 N.W. Evangeline Thruway. ●● To register your vehicle, go to the OMV no more than 30 days after moving to Louisiana. ●● Inspection stickers are due immediately upon changing your vehicle title and are available at any Louisiana Vehicle Inspection station. You will be asked to present a Louisiana driver’s license, vehicle registration certificate, license plate, and proof of liability insurance. The inspection cost is $10. ●● There is an eight percent sales tax in the City of Lafayette. This includes a four percent Louisiana state sales tax, two percent Lafayette Parish School System tax, and two percent city tax. Credit: Sharper Photography ●● All residential and commercial land in Lafayette Parish is assessed at 10 percent of fair market value. ●● Certain exemptions apply. The Lafayette Residential buildings are assessed at 10 Parish School Board is the collection percent and commercial buildings agency for all taxing bodies in this at 15 percent of market value. parish. For more information, Commercial movable property is call (337) 232-3912. also assessed at 15 percent. ●● Louisiana state income tax Additional information can be found There is a homestead is based on a percentage by calling (337) 232-HELP or 2-1-1, a exemption on the first of federal income tax $75,000 of residential comprehensive Information and Referral (I&R) liability. The deadline for property value. Center. 2-1-1 offers information to individuals, state filing is May 15. families, and government agencies on a ●● Lafayette addresses For more information, broad range of services, including rent are assigned to you by the call the Department of Department of Planning, assistance, food banks, affordable housing, Revenue and Taxation at Zoning and Codes. health resources, child care, after-school (337) 262-5455. For information, call programs, elderly care, financial ●● Property taxes in Lafayette (337) 291-8000. Locations literacy, job training programs, and Parish are applied at a in a rural area, require a where gaps in services may be. parish and a municipal level. mailbox. For mailbox installation The cities of Carencro, Duson, requirements, contact the U.S. Lafayette, Scott, and Youngsville Post Office at (337) 269-4800. collect property tax. For more information: 22 | OBTENEZ DE L’INFORMATION SUR LA COMMUNAUTÉ DÉcouvrez LA RÉGION Explore the area Lafayette is strategically located at the intersection of two interstate roadways, I-10 and I-49, which serves as a distinct advantage for transportation opportunities into and out of the parish. Additionally, Lafayette can be easily accessed by rail (Burlington Northern and Santa Fe Railways), the Lafayette Regional Airport and by Intracoastal Waterway. The ports of West St. Mary, Vermilion, Iberia, Greater Baton Rouge, and the Twin Parish Port are also within 50 miles of Lafayette. Multi-Modal Transportation The Rosa Parks Transportation Center Downtown at 101 Jefferson St. is the terminal for Lafayette’s municipal transit system, Greyhound Bus Lines, and Amtrak. Call (337) 291-8570 or visit the Center for bus schedules and transportation maps. The Lafayette Transit buses converted to compressed natural gas (CNG) in 2011. Additional information may be found on ridelts.com. Rail The following railways operate in Lafayette Parish: Burlington Northern and Santa Fe (BNSF), Union Pacific, Acadiana Railway Company, and Louisiana and Delta (L and D). Water Air Credit: Sharper Photography The Lafayette Regional Airport (LFT) is a large, non-hub airport located in the City of Lafayette. From its humble beginning as a wooden hangar, it has grown into a stateof-the-art facility, providing top-notch service to area travelers and businesses on approximately 1,116 acres. Lafayette Regional Airport offers flights to major domestic destinations and connecting service to points around the globe. More than 400,000 travelers utilize LFT annually and that number continues to grow. Business travelers enjoy the comfort and convenience of the Business Center, and free WiFi service. Other airport amenities include a Visitor Information Center offering Lafayette and regional information, porter services, excellent dining, convenient parking, and much more. Lafayette Regional Airport is dedicated to providing all customers with a pleasant travel experience. The airport provides services and facilities designed to assist passengers with disabilities. Lafayette offers frequent flights to three major airline hubs: Atlanta, Georgia; Dallas, Texas; and Houston, Texas. By feeding into these hubs, travelers can conveniently connect to hundreds of domestic and international flights. For more information, visit lftairport.com. Port of Greater Baton Rouge – 50 miles east Port of Lake Charles – 70 miles west Port of Iberia – 20 miles south Port of W. St. Mary – 40 miles south Port of Vermilion – 15 miles south Twin Parish Port – 40 miles southwest Road Interstates 10 and 49 link the city with major markets in all directions. U.S. 90 and U.S. 167 connect the city with metropolitan and rural market areas. DÉCOUVREZ LA RÉGION | 23 utilisez LES RESSOURCES Utilize the resources Credit: Zoom Photo Studio, LLC Publicly owned and operated, Lafayette Utilities System (LUS) is providing the City of Lafayette with electric, water, and wastewater services that are among the lowest priced in the state. Local municipalities and suppliers provide residents with a variety of services. Gas Atmos Energy.................. (337) 268-4400 atmosenergy.com CenterPoint Energy Entex..................... (800) 477-0177 centerpointenergy.com City of Carencro.............. (337) 896-8481 carencro.org City of Scott..................... (337) 233-1130 cityofscott.org City of Youngsville............(337) 856-4181 youngsville.us Telephone AT&T ................................ (337) 837-5566 att.com Cox Communications......(337) 247-9432 cox.com LUS Fiber......................... (337) 993-4237 lusfiber.com Cox Communications......(337) 247-9432 cox.com LUS Fiber............................(337) 993-423 lusfiber.com Electricity Entergy..............................(800) 368-3749 entergy-louisiana.com Lafayette Utilities System............................. (337) 291-8280 lus.org SLEMCO........................... (337) 394-3844 slemco.com Water and Wastewater Lafayette Utilities System............................. (337) 291-8280 lus.org City of Broussard.............(337) 837-6681 broussardla.com City of Carencro.............. (337) 896-8481 carencro.org Town of Duson................. (337) 873-6754 townofduson.org Cable TV 24 | UTILISEZ LES RESSOURCES Internet/Fiber Optics AT&T .......................................................................(337) 837-5566 att.com Cox Communications............................................ (337) 247-9432 cox.com LUS Fiber................................................................(337) 993-4237 lusfiber.com Allied Waste/Republic Services...........................(337) 232-5730 republicservices.com Waste Management..............................................(800) 284-2451 wm.com LCG Environmental Quality (city)..........................(337) 291-8529 lafayettela.gov Solid Waste Disposal RECYCLING LCG Environmental Quality (city)..........................(337) 291-8529 lafayettela.gov Recycling Foundation (apt, rural, business)....... (337) 234-0066 recyclingfoundation.com UTILISEZ LES RESSOURCES | 25 DANS VOTRE INNOVEZ ENTREPRISE Innovate your business Lafayette’s claim to being the “Hub City” of South Central Louisiana is founded on its geographic location as well as what it has to offer the region. Historically, Lafayette has been a retail hub. In the 1950s, the energy industry established headquarters in the Heymann Oil Center, and Lafayette became the administrative base for on-shore and off-shore exploration and production of oil and gas. The economy, bolstered by the continued presence of the energy sector, has diversified to include information technology, manufacturing, finance, construction, retail trade, transportation, distribution, medical, and health care. From major corporations to small businesses, Lafayette and Acadiana have great representation in all areas of commerce. Acadiana’s top 10 businesses bring in almost $1 billion annually. With the oil and gas service industry still a major player, the “wildcatter” attitude pervades our business culture. Acadiana is known for its entrepreneurial, can do spirit and new businesses are popping up and succeeding every day. Credit: Zoom Photo Studio, LLC BUSINESS RESOURCES Lafayette Economic Development Authority, created by the Louisiana Legislature, exists to facilitate economic growth in Lafayette Parish. LEDA, guided by its board of 12 commissioners, offers a full-time staff to provide answers, information, and assistance to businesses. LEDA’s mission is to help local companies grow, in addition to market development, and workforce development. The organization also works to recruit companies to the area and assists in the development of new companies in order to diversify the economy within Lafayette Parish. Also on hand to assist businesses in Lafayette is the Louisiana Small Business Development Center located at LITE. The LSBDC provides counseling, seminars and resource information to small businesses. For more information about LSBDC, call (337) 456-1837 or visit lsbdc.org/ull. For more information • Audit & Assurance • Business Tax Planning • Individual Tax Services • Technology Consulting • Employee Benefit Plan Consulting • Bookkeeping • Control & Risk Advisory • Forensic Dispute • Valuation & Transaction Advisory • Claims Management • Personnel Outsourcing • Hosted / Managed Services about LEDA, call (337) 593-1400 or visit lafayette.org. 400 East Kaliste Saloom Road, Suite 7100 • Lafayette, LA 70508 337-234-8431 • 800-259-2922 www.pncpa.com Wright, Moore, DeHart, Dupuis & Hutchinson, LLC John W Wright, CPA • James H Dupuis, CPA • Jan H Cowen, CPA Lance E Crappell, CPA • Micah R Vidrine, CPA • Travis M Brinsko, CPA Rick L Stutes, CPA • Christine R Dunn, CPA • Damian H Spiess, CPA Joan Martin, CPA • Bridget B. Tilley, CPA Certified Public Accountants P.O. Box 80569 • 100 Petroleum Dr. • Lafayette, LA 70508 (337) 232-3637 • (337) 235-9455 • FAX (337) 235-8557 • www.wmddh.com WMDDH Your Partners In Business 26 | INNOVEZ DANS VOTRE ENTREPRISE www.lafchamber.org | 27 Credit: Zoom Photo Studio, LLC With a long history rich in technology innovation, from the first GPS satellite to revolutionary advances in drilling and beyond, Lafayette has positioned itself to become a leader in the 21st century world economy. Lafayette boasts one of the most robust broadband infrastructures in the country, a unique mix of public and private providers, delivering more bandwidth for less money along with greater competition than can be found in major metropolitan areas like D.C. or San Francisco. Lafayette is set to pioneer the next iteration of the Internet, and its future is brighter than ever. Community partners, both public and private, have initiated efforts to help Lafayette realize its full potential as the Hub City for fiber-powered innovation. “Wireless technology was pioneered right here, as a way for oil and gas companies to communicate with their production rigs in the Gulf of Mexico. Lafayette’s entrepreneurs drive our economy, and as we move into a technology-driven economy, our local technology leaders and the Louisiana Immersive Technologies Enterprise stand to continue our growth far into the future. This ability to embrace and apply technology became clearly evident in 2005, when Lafayette voters approved the financing needed to extend fiber connectivity to every home and business within the city.” LEDA, lafayette.org. LOUISIANA IMMERSIVE TECHNOLOGIES ENTERPRISE Louisiana Immersive Technologies Enterprise (LITE) is the world’s first and only facility created as a public - private partnership that focuses on advanced data visualizations, serious gaming, and the growth of technology. LITE was created as a quasi-governmental organization, governed by a board of commissioners, to strengthen Louisiana’s economy by developing leading edge technological solutions for the oil and gas, health care, and education industries. LITE also works directly with LEDA’s Opportunity Machine to partner with local small businesses to provide them with next-step options to help grow their business and provide new services, jobs, and products that can boost Lafayette’s business power and market viability. As an entity created by progressive leaders from our own community, LITE has continued to use its expertise in software engineering, animation, and video-game based training simulations to provide research supported alternative training solutions to ensure that our most valuable commodity, our men and women, can continue to work safely and effectively in their chosen industry. LITE enhances training programs by creating Immersive Virtual Learning Environments that recreate the sights sounds and danger of real-life situations. Not only are they an asset to the business community, but LITE has made an 28 | INNOVEZ DANS VOTRE ENTREPRISE Credit: Sharper Photography Are you ready for the next big thing? For more than 100 years, Whitney Bank has forged lasting relationships with leading-edge companies both large and small. Weâ€™re ready to provide the expertise, personal service and financial muscle to help make your ideas a reality. Call us. Letâ€™s work together to create innovative financial solutions for your business. 337-593-6000 whitneybank.com Member FDIC. All loans subject to credit approval. Terms and conditions apply. INNOVEZ DANS VOTRE ENTREPRISE | 29 indelible impact in education by offering free workshops, open houses, job shadowing, and internships to students in the local community that focus specifically on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering. Mathematics) career options and its importance to our economic vitality. LITE made national headlines in 2014 by introducing the virtual reality training world to Frankâ€™s International, an industry leader and Lafayette based company offering tubular and oil & gas services. In order to improve safety training, LITE developed a software program that creates a virtual environment including situations that could happen on oil rigs. More information regarding LITE can be obtained at lite3d.com, facebook.com/LafayetteLITE3d, or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. OPPORTUNITY MACHINE Credit: Zoom Photo Studio, LLC The Opportunity Machine is an entrepreneur acceleration and incubation program designed for start-ups and early stage companies seeking assistance in rapid growth in the greater Lafayette area. TheOM leverages skills-based training, community mentorship and technology resources to provide the necessary support systems for emerging businesses. The mission of this organization is to rapidly accelerate growth and wealth creation via a sustainable entrepreneurial community. For more information, visit opportunitymachine.org. 30 | INNOVEZ DANS VOTRE ENTREPRISE The Oldest State Chartered Bank in St. Landry Parish, Est. 1893 Full Service Banking Opelousas Branch (337) 948-4544 Leonville Branch (337) 879-3070 Arnaudville Branch (337) 754-5121 Palmetto Branch (337) 623-4244 (337) 826-3641 (337) 443-6016 Fax (337) 826-5242 P.O. Box 129 â€˘ 103 North Main 1042 Camellia Blvd. Ste. 9 Washington, LA 70589 Lafayette, LA 70508 Member www.washingtonstatebankla.com INNOVEZ DANS VOTRE ENTREPRISE | 31 INNOV8 INNOV8 is an eight-day festival celebrating the innovation, creativity, and entrepreneurship that sets our region apart and honors our forward-thinking business community and wildcatter mentality. INNOV8 Lafayette encourages and engages community activity with programs that focused on exploring innovation in a range of topics including: architecture, city planning, music, culinary, healthcare, manufacturing, energy, and steampunk. It packs venues across Lafayette for stimulating events and renowned speakers whose stories inspired the Lafayette community to continue to dream big and create our own “serendipitous collisions.” In 2014, one of the keynote speakers, Steven Berlin Johnson shared his world-renowned insight on where good ideas come from. He encouraged the Lafayette business community to capitalize on our greatest opportunity – to build a network of diverse people to produce innovative regional ideas and use innovation to create a platform for solutions to evolve. We look forward to what the future holds for INNOV8 Lafayette as it finds new, creative ways to inspire, collaborate, and innovate the Lafayette community and region. For more information, visit innov8lafayette.com or follow on Twitter @INNOV8LA. 32 | INNOVEZ DANS VOTRE ENTREPRISE Rault Resources Group Proud Supporter of the Lafayette Chamber of Commerce PARK TOWER OFFICE BUILDING 400 East Kaliste Saloom Road Lafayette, Louisiana 70508 337.233.2393 Visit our website www.raultresources.com or e-mail us at ParkTower@RaultResources.com Single Offices and Suites Available Chase Tower - Downtown Lafayette 600 Jefferson Street #500 Lafayette, LA 70501 Lisa Montgomery General Manager email@example.com www.chasetowerlafayette.com INNOVEZ DANS VOTRE ENTREPRISE | 33 337-266-2107 $% TROUVEZ LA MAISON PARFAITE Hunt for the perfect property Developments can be found along the Vermilion River, near the University, and all of the area municipalities providing a suitable location for any size or type of family or business. Here in Cajun Country, everyone is welcome. You can become a resident or a “Cajun” simply by dancing the two-step or peeling a crawfish. Residential housing in Lafayette Parish is available in all price ranges, The REALTOR® Association of Acadiana is a neighborhood types, and ages. From historic professional membership association for more homes to newer, planned communities, than 1,000 local REALTORS® who represent and apartment complexes, Lafayette the best in their profession as they willingly has a place for both families and adopt the Code Ethics and continuously singles. The quaint Saint Streets REALTOR® Association learn about the issues and changes neighborhood, near the University of affecting the real estate industry. of Acadiana at Louisiana at Lafayette, offers older (337) 233-0086 or visit homes with a bit of Southern charm, realtoracadiana.com. while traditional neighborhood developments, like River Ranch, Sugar Mill Pond, Couret Farms, and Olde Towne at Millcreek, are examples of communities with built-in amenities like spas, restaurants, shops, and lofts to service residents. RESIDENTIAL Contact the Credit: Zoom Photo Studio, LLC 34 | TROUVEZ LA MAISON PARFAITE www.lafchamber.org | 35 LAFAYETTE’S NEIGHBORHOODS Source: coldwellbankerpelican.com Upper Lafayette Rolling hills, green fields, and country stores characterize the area known as “Upper Lafayette.” Located at the crossroads of Interstates 49 and 10, this area has convenient access to the gateway to the parish. Many new residential developments have sprung up over the last several years in and around the town of Carencro and along scenic Highway 182. Louisiana Avenue’s lifestyle center offers several options for shopping, with national retailers, and local offerings. Beautiful homes on sprawling lots and “mini farms” can also be found in this area, which hints at its equestrian heritage at the former Evangeline Downs racetrack. Credit: Zoom Photo Studio, LLC Several other master-planned communities, some complete with golf courses, like Le Triomphe Golf and Country Club, give residents plenty of options. Lafayette also offers many options for apartment living; Where the West Begins approximately 50 complexes, made up of studio Accommodating an array of small units and one-, two-, three-, and four-bedroom neighborhoods, this agricultural units in all price ranges. Whether you enjoy fastsection of the parish features paced urban living or a quieter country setting, wooded areas and authentic homes there is a neighborhood for you. Acadiana Apartment along the bayou. West Lafayette Association at is also experiencing a great deal Relocating is a big step. In addition to finding (337) 993-3354 of commercial growth, with several a home, you need to make sure the community forthcoming subdivisions, while still you are considering really suits your needs. With offering plenty of opportunities for over 100 subdivisions within the City of Lafayette, future development. Lafayette is quickly growing with additional dining, Contact the cultural and recreation opportunities, and retail space. Central The Heart of Cajun Country is Central Lafayette Parish. The historic downtown area, along with scores of historic buildings, highlight this area. It’s also home to the CAJUNDOME Convention Center, Oil Center, One Acadiana, and Heymann Performing Arts Center. The University of Louisiana at Lafayette, the secondlargest university in the state, gives this area a bustling college feel. Positioned around the Vermilion River, older neighborhoods add charm and architectural style to Lafayette. Central Lafayette also offers a broad range of commercial development, from trendy restaurants to boutique shopping, bars, cafés, and businesses. If you’re looking for the heart of Lafayette’s city center, this is your neighborhood. Marilyn C. McDonald Cell: 337-278-3902 2008 Realtor of the Year Caffery Real Estate, Inc. 603 Center Street • New Iberia, LA 70560 337-237-2272 • 337-367-7708 www.CafferyRealEstate.com 36 | TROUVEZ LA MAISON PARFAITE www.lafchamber.org | 37 South – Heartbeat of Lafayette Parish Experiencing huge growth both residentially and commercially, South Lafayette Parish is rapidly becoming the place for newcomers. Anchoring South Lafayette Parish are the communities of Youngsville and Broussard. Offering small-town community environments with a rural feel, both towns are just moments away from superb restaurants, shopping and entertainment. The traditional neighborhood development, Sugar Mill Pond, features homes situated around a town center in Youngsville, while Broussard is known for its historic cottages and hometown restaurants. This area grants you the opportunity to embrace country-style living, while still being conveniently located to work and play. Examples of TNDs: • Olde Towne at Millcreek, Lafayette oldetowneatmillcreek.com • River Ranch, Lafayette riverranchdevelopment.com • Sugar Mill Pond, Youngsville sugarmillpond.com • Couret Farms, Lafayette couretfarms.com COMMERCIAL Positioning your business involves more than just finding an available space; it also encompasses perception, feasibility, efficiency, and many other variables that differ across industries. Having a better idea of the variables that are most important to your business operations allows researchers to tailor, combine, and cross reference multiple data sets in order to produce an accurate analysis of your target market or location of interest. The business development team at the Lafayette Economic Development Authority (LEDA) provides a massive amount of information at lafayette.org or call (337) 593-1400. Lafayette is also home to many talented commercial real estate agents: • Acadiana Metro Realty • Beau Box Commercial Real Estate • Billeaud Companies • Cecil D. Trahan Enterprises, Inc. • Century 21 Gateway Realty • Champion Real Estate • Coldwell Banker - Pelican Real Estate • Dwight Andrus Real Estate • Gulf States Real Estate Services • Keaty Real Estate • Keller Williams • Latter and Blum • Mirian Investment Group • MPW Properties • Old South Realty Property Management • Professional Advantage Realty (PAR) • Property One • RE/MAX Acadiana • Ron J. Gaubert, Realtors • RPI Group • Sam Robertson Real Estate • Southwest Group • Spectrum Real Estate • Stirling Properties • Teal Realty & Development • Van Eaton and Romero The business development team at the Lafayette Economic Development Authority (LEDA) providess extensive property information at lafayette.org or call (337) 593-1400. Credit: Zoom Photo Studio, LLC TRADITIONAL NEIGHBORHOOD DEVELOPMENTS Traditional Neighborhood Developments (TNDs) incorporate a variety of land uses and house types in a defined area. Its development process combines early 20th century planning principals with the socially responsible policies of the 21st century. This comprehensive planning system creates communities that accommodate educational facilities, civic buildings, and commercial establishments, all located within walking distance of residential homes. A TND hallmark is that they are planned to be pedestrian friendly, rather than vehicle centric. A unique network of paths, streets, and lanes provides residents the option of walking, biking, or driving to real destinations within their neighborhood. This same transportation network functions to calm and disperse traffic in a responsible and efficient manner. 38 | TROUVEZ LA MAISON PARFAITE ENTRAÎNEZ VOTRE CERVEAU Train your brain Credit: Sharper Photography LAFAYETTE PARISH SCHOOL SYSTEM The Lafayette Parish School System, dedicated to college and career readiness, is comprised of 42 public schools: 23 elementary schools, 11 middle schools and five high schools, one STEM Magnet school, one Early College Academy, and one Preparatory school all accredited by the Louisiana Department of Education and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. LPSS also has six “Schools of Choice,” six high school “academies,” World Language Immersion, gifted & talented, alternative programs, an arts academy, and an early childhood education center. The student population is more than 30,000 and employs a workforce of about 4,500. Furthering educational excellence, the high schools designated as academies create career-themed learning communities for students and encourage real-world experience through course work and internships. Maintaining a performance letter grade of “B” since 2012 the school system continues to grow in student performance. At the end of the 2013-2014 school year, 74 percent of its schools received an “A”, “B”, or “C” letter grade. Data also indicated an increase in its freshman to senior cohort graduation rate index from 91.8 to 94.2 percent graduation rate. A unique partnership between the Lafayette public school system and South Louisiana Community College, the Early College Academy provides students at the end of their four years of high school to achieve a high school diploma as well as an Associate’s degree in General Studies. GEAR UP is a federally funded grant initiative that provides students with the skills, access, preparation and information needed to enter and succeed in For more information: Visit the LPSS website at www.lpssonline.com or call (337) 521-7000. ENTRAÎNEZ VOTRE CERVEAU | 39 post-secondary education. In Lafayette, GEAR UP works collaboratively with LPSS, higher education and business partners to provide resources to students and parents in order to prepare and motivate students to achieve beyond their current expectations. A cohort of approximately 2,000 students from several Lafayette Parish schools began this early college intervention initiative in 2008. These students are able to participate in the GEAR UP program throughout their middle school years and will continue to have a relationship with GEAR UP through their high school years. SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS District 1 – Mary Morrison District 2 – Tommy Angelle District 3 – Elroy Broussard District 4 – Tehmi Chassion District 5 – Britt Latiolais District 6 – Justin Centanni District 7 – Dawn Morris District 8 – Erick Knezek District 9 – Jeremy Hidalgo PRIVATE AND PAROCHIAL SHCOOLS Inspired by a rich and diverse cultural base, the citizens of Lafayette Parish enjoy a variety of private educational offerings. The oldest of these is the school system offered by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Lafayette. Thirteen Catholic schools are located throughout Lafayette Parish. In addition, other private schools offer individual attention and excellent programs of study. In all, there are over 40 private schools throughout Acadiana. Credit: Zoom Photo Studio, LLC Lafayette Renaissance Charter Academy (337) 706-0066 lafayettecharter.org Willow Charter Academy (337) 534-8218 willowcharteracademy.org MEMBER PRIVATE SCHOOLS Ascension Episcopal School (337) 233-9748 aesgators.org ELEMENTARY AND SECONDARY EDUCATION In an attempt to improve the racial diversity of its schools, and give students a more exciting and fulfilling educational experience, the school system offers Schools of Choice at the Elementary, Middle and High School levels. Some programs of study include business and finance, hospitality and tourism, information technology, engineering, design, world languages, arts, math and science, environmental science, and health care. Schools of the Sacred Heart (337) 662-5275 sshcoteau.org St. Pius Elementary School (337) 237-3139 stpiuselementary.org St. Thomas More High School (337) 988-3700 stmcougars.com Teurlings Catholic High School (337) 235-5711 tchs.net Westminster Christian Academy (337) 988-6489 wcala.org ELEMENTARY AND SECONDARY ELEMENTARY MIDDLE SCHOOL 10 HIGH SCHOOL 8 Number of Schools 23 Enrollment 14,598 9,380 8,856 60.2% ——— 51.8% 20.5 % of Classes with 67.7% Less than 20 Students Act Scores (Average) ——— MEMBER CHARTER SCHOOLS Acadiana Renaissance Charter Academy (337) 374-1209 acadianacharter.org Source: Lafayette Parish School Board — Updated Annually — Last Update August 2012 Credit: Lafayette Economic Development Authority 40 | ENTRAÎNEZ VOTRE CERVEAU ENTRAÎNEZ VOTRE CERVEAU | 41 UNIVERSITY OF LOUISIANA AT LAFAYETTE Founded in 1900 as the Southwestern Louisiana Industrial Institute, now the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, is the second-largest four-year public university in the state. For over 100 years, UL Lafayette has been garnered strong community support that shows pride and spirit towards the university’s ongoing academic tradition. The student population at the university is in excess of 17,000, including 1,500 graduate students. UL Lafayette offers 80 bachelor’s degrees through 10 colleges and schools, including one of the most sophisticated computer science programs in the nation. UL Lafayette’s Graduate School offers 29 master’s degrees and eight doctorates, as well. UL Lafayette has extended its campus almost 600 acres to include the University Research Park, CAJUNDOME and Convention Center, University Hotel and the state-ofthe-art Paul and Lulu Hilliard University Art Museum, with more than 1,500 works of art. The University Research Park houses a NASA Regional Application Center, a division of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the National Wetlands Research Center, the Lafayette Economic Development Authority (LEDA) and the Louisiana Immersive Technologies Enterprise (LITE) among others. The university campus itself is unique because of its draping oak trees and cypress swamp next to the Student Union. Also, the Walk of Honor, which is paved with bricks bearing the names of UL Call (337) 482-1000 Lafayette graduates or visit the UL Lafayette arranged by class website at year, is a favorite louisiana.edu. feature found in the quad. Credit: Zoom Photo Studio, LLC The district is also home to Montessori preschools and elementary schools and French Immersion program where core subjects are taught in French. There are also over 25 private and parochial schools in and around Lafayette Parish to compliment the public system including a single-gender option for both boys and girls. For more information: 42 | ENTRAÎNEZ VOTRE CERVEAU OTHER COLLEGES, UNIVERSITIES, AND INSTITUTES The Lafayette area offers a wide range of postsecondary educational opportunities for students. A community college and numerous vocational and technical schools and colleges augment the UL Lafayette experience and serve a variety of needs for thousands of students in Lafayette Parish. Programs of study offered range from nursing, business, and computer programming to teacher preparation, cosmetology, and emergency medical services, to name a few. In 2012, South Louisiana Community College merged with Acadiana Technical College, making it one of Louisiana’s largest comprehensive community colleges. SLCC is a SACS-COC accredited institution with campuses in Abbeville, Crowley, Franklin, Lafayette, New Iberia, Opelousas, St. Martinville, and Ville Platte. Academic offerings include technical diplomas, workforce training, high school dual enrollment, and two-year degree programs that transfer to four-year universities. South Louisiana Community College is one of Louisiana’s fastest-growing community colleges. SLCC is a college where innovation is an expectation and care is commonplace. SLCC remains true to its mission to Credit: Zoom Photo Studio, LLC improve the quality of life for residents of South Louisiana. It serves students throughout an eight-parish service area. Whether academic or technical programs are their goal, students find that SLCC is easily accessible and a source of valuable educational services in Acadiana. According to its website, “At SLCC, we believe that learning the ‘know’ and ‘know how’ can lead the way to a richer tomorrow.” Academy of Interactive Entertainment (337) 456-1848 theaie.us/campuses/lafayette Aveda Institute Lafayette (337) 233-0511 avedainstitutesbb.com Blue Cliff College (337) 269-0620 bluecliffcollege.com CONTACT INDIVIDUAL SCHOOLS FOR A LIST OF THEIR OFFERINGS. Delta College of Arts and Technology – Lafayette (337) 988-5455 deltacollege.com Infinity College (337) 261-9009 infinity-college.com Remington College Lafayette Campus (337) 246-5126 remingtoncollege.edu South Louisiana Community College (337) 521-9000 solacc.edu UL Lafayette Continuing Education (337) 482-6391 ce.louisiana.edu Unitech Training Academy (337) 988-6764 unitechtrainingacademy.com Credit: Zoom Photo Studio, LLC ENTRAÎNEZ VOTRE CERVEAU | 43 STIMULEZ L’INDUSTRIE Energize the industry Energy continues to be a driving force in the world economy. Not only does it fuel our cars, our factories and our homes, but energy has become one of the major factors making up the political landscape of our country. Lafayette has made a consistent effort to diversify its economy in the past decades and has had incredible success in doing so. However, the heart and soul of the city remains oil and gas exploration and production. Lafayette is also home to many energy industry events, the largest of which is the Louisiana Gulf Coast Oil Exposition (LAGCOE). LAGCOE is one of the world’s pioneer oil and gas expositions and has been fueling global energy solutions for 60 years, since 1955. One of the largest oil and gas industry expositions in the United States, LAGCOE is held biennially in the very heart of America’s energy corridor: Lafayette. Credit: Zoom Photo Studio, LLC 44 | STIMULEZ L’INDUSTRIE www.lafchamber.org | 45 Credit: Zoom Photo Studio, LLC Innovative engineering and entrepreneurial spirit throughout Acadiana produces efficient and effective solutions for the industryâ€™s ever changing needs. The hard working professionals in Acadiana have real hands-on industry experience which increases industry productivity throughout the world. Just as the energy industry is constantly advancing to meet new demands and challenges, LAGCOE exhibits and technical sessions are designed to support bold, innovative approaches in the quest for energy. Executives from all over the world travel to LAGCOE to network at the CAJUNDOME Convention Center with more than 400 companies showcasing their products and services. 46 | STIMULEZ Lâ€™INDUSTRIE STIMULEZ L’INDUSTRIE | 47 Credit: LAGCOE In 2013, LAGCOE welcomed 416 exhibiting companies from around the world and more than 17,000 attendees from 43 countries and 47 states. Energy industry employees are invited to attend LAGCOE 2015 October 27-29, 2015, for access to state-of-the-art equipment, service, and technologies as well as technical presentations from worldwide leaders in the onshore and offshore oil and gas exploration and production industry. With a waiting list for exhibit space, LAGCOE continues to be a highly sought after event for industry professionals. For more information on LAGCOE, call (337) 235-4055 or visit lagcoe.com. Louisiana is the Energy State. Fifty percent of all of the gasoline and diesel that powers our country flows through and from Louisiana. Lafayette is the heartbeat of Louisianaâ€™s energy economy. Not only are we home to great exploration and production companies, we supply the landmen, the tool-pushers, the survey equipment, the geologists, the legal minds, etc. If it has to do with serving the energy industry in the state of Louisiana, you can bet Lafayette is involved. Lafayette has a bright future as the heart of the energy industry. Even as the push for renewables and solar energy grow stronger, America still depends on oil and gas to fuel its economy. 48 | STIMULEZ Lâ€™INDUSTRIE OBTENEZ JUSTICE Seek Justice Food, language, and music are not the only unique qualities of this area. The French influence in this part of the country provides us with our own unique body of civil law, the Napoleonic code. Louisiana is the only state in the Union to have a civil code of laws with an origin dating back to the French Civil Code of the Napoleonic era. The large professional service industry in Lafayette is heavily populated with attorneys and legal professionals who practice all aspects of law, including many professionals in the oil and gas industry who hold law degrees but do not practice traditionally. According to the enrollment figures of the Lafayette Parish Bar Association, Lafayette has over 1,100 attorneys in all aspects of practice in this area. The Lafayette Bar Association (LBA) was officially created in 1972 as a professional association for the legal community. The association is dedicated to providing high-quality programs and acts as an important resource to its more than 900 members. The association is funded through membership dues and professional services, such as CLEs and publications. The association is a professional membership organization whose mission is to serve the profession, its members and the community by promoting justice, professional excellence, respect for the rule of law and fellowship amongst attorneys and the court. The Lafayette Young Lawyers Association (LYLA), a section of the LBA, is composed of attorney members who are either under 40 or who have been practicing law for five years or fewer. As One Acadiana represents the business community, the Lafayette Parish Bar Association is the voice for the legal community. It acts as a one-stop shop for attorney networking, CLE, and professionalism. Contact the Lafayette Parish Credit: Zoom Photo Studio, LLC For more information: Bar Association at (337) 237-4700 or visit lafayettebar.org. OBTENEZ JUSTICE | 49 The Lafayette Parish Clerk of Court and the 15th Judicial District of Louisiana are located in the Lafayette Parish courthouse, Downtown Lafayette at 800 S. Buchanan St., Lafayette, LA 70501. Led by Louis J. Perret, the clerk’s office currently has a staff of over 95 full-time employees and several part-time employees. These dedicated personnel represent over 1,200 years of combined experience. In addition, of the full-time employees, over 55 are Certified Deputy Clerks of Court while the remainder are in the process of completing certification requirements. Thirteen judges serve the 15th Judicial District which includes Lafayette, Acadia, and Vermillion Parishes. United States District Court for the Western District of Louisiana is located in the Credit: Zoom Photo Studio, LLC For more information: Visit lpclerk.com or call (337) 291-6400 Visit lawd.uscourts.gov or call (337) 593-5000 central business district at 800 Lafayette Street, Suite 2100, Lafayette, LA 70501. All offices are closed on Federal Holidays. We don’t just practice in this community WE’RE A PART OF IT In 1937, Jones Walker LLP began as a small law firm in New Orleans. We expanded to Lafayette in 1991 and have been growing ever since. Much has changed since then. For starters, we’re now one of the largest law firms in the U.S., with approximately 390 attorneys in 20 offices across the country. We also serve a broad range of industries, from energy and healthcare to banking and maritime. While we’ve certainly changed over the years, what hasn’t changed is our steadfast commitment to communities like Lafayette – and helping our clients meet their legal challenges, whether they are large corporations in highly regulated industries or small businesses just starting. Perhaps that’s why The BTI Consulting Group, which conducts hundreds of in-house counsel interviews to identify the top client service firms in the nation, named Jones Walker to its 2014 Client Service A-Team. Ian A. Macdonald, Partner firstname.lastname@example.org 600 Jefferson St, Suite 1600 | Lafayette, LA 70501 337.593.7600 | joneswalker.com ALABAMA | ARIZONA | CALIFORNIA | DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA | FLORIDA | GEORGIA | LOUISIANA | MISSISSIPPI | NEW YORK | OHIO | TEXAS Attorney Advertising. No representation is made that the quality of legal services to be performed is greater than the quality of legal services performed by other lawyers. 50 | OBTENEZ JUSTICE VIVEZ EN BONNE SANTĂ‰ Attain healthy living At the heart of medical care in Acadiana, Lafayette continues to expand its advanced and specialized medical services with state-of-the-art facilities and procedures. The cutting-edge communication and data transfer from the high-speed fiber optic network has lead to a recent medical industry boom in the region. Lafayette is further cementing its role as a regional health center, attracting specialized treatment centers, and along with them, preeminent physicians, researchers, and scientists. The growing medical workforce of over 20,000 employees in the region continues to expand. Exceptional care can be found in over 17 hospitals with over 1,250 beds. There are over 400 physicians in Lafayette and over 800 in Acadiana (an eight-parish area) covering more than 33 specialties. In addition, there are over 160 dentists in Lafayette and Acadiana including general dentistry, endodontists (root canal specialists), orthodontists, oral surgeons, pediatric dentists, and periodontists (gum specialists). Twelve nursing homes are located in Lafayette Parish with almost 1,500 beds. The parish has a 911 emergency response system and is home to Acadian Ambulance Services Inc., the nationâ€™s largest rural ambulance company offering ground and air paramedic services. For more than three decades, Acadian has provided advanced pre-hospital emergency medical care and disaster response to the metropolitan and rural areas of the community, and to the offshore facilities in the Gulf of Mexico. VIVEZ EN BONNE SANTĂ‰ | 51 MEMBER AREA HOSPITALS Heart Hospital of Lafayette (337) 521-1000 hearthospitaloflafayette.com experience and the backup of an acute medical center on the same campus. Patients and their families are given courteous, personalized attention with surgical care of the highest quality. Lafayette Physical Rehabilitation Hospital, LLC (337) 314-1111 lafayettephysicalrehab.com Built in 2006, Lafayette Physical Rehabilitation Hospital is a 26,000-square-foot, multi-specialty, physician-owned rehabilitation hospital that caters to the needs of patients with severe injuries or conditions. The facility provides a variety of rehabilitative services and treatments including physical and occupational therapy, speech pathology and psychology. Lafayette Surgical Specialty Hospital (337) 769-4100 lafayettesurgical.com Lafayette Surgical Specialty Hospital (LSSH) is a 20-bed, patient-focused and physician-owned hospital specializing in orthopedic; neurological; ear, nose, and throat; urological; gynecological; plastics and general surgical procedures; and pain management. Eight operating rooms and two procedure rooms accommodate 8,000 cases annually. Because it is a physician-owned hospital, the doctors have much more direct involvement with every aspect of care that is provided. By closely coordinating care with skilled nurses and support staff, physician partners help to ensure the highest standards of care, optimal outcomes and patient safety, convenience, and satisfaction. Heart Hospital of Lafayette is an entire hospital focused on heart disease – specially designed, equipped and staffed to keep the heart healthy and treat it when it’s not. They have a Heart Emergency Center that stands prepared around-the-clock. Heart Hospital is an angioplasty center, which is important to know in the event of a heart-related emergency. Lafayette General Medical Center (337) 289-7991 lafayettegeneral.com Lafayette General Medical Center (LGMC) evolved from a six-bed facility that opened in 1911 to a 353-bed facility that is the largest full-service, acute-care medical center in the nine-parish area of Acadiana. As a community-owned and managed hospital, all decisions are made locally by an experienced administrative team and a volunteer Membership Corporation and Board of Trustees. Lafayette General Surgical Hospital (337) 289-8060 lgsh.us Lafayette General Surgical Hospital (LGSH) is a shortstay surgical hospital and medical office building in the Lafayette area. It is a joint venture between Lafayette General Medical Center and a group of local surgeons. 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Lourdes is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System, which is the largest locally owned, not-forprofit health system in Louisiana. Lourdes employs more than 1,200 people, in addition to offering a staff of over 400 active physicians in a variety of medical and surgical specialties. Encompassing 45 acres and an investment of $211 million, this new medical center is the largest building project in the history of Lafayette. Park Place Surgical Hospital (337) 237-8119 parkplacesurgery.com According to their website, the vision of a handful of Acadiana physicians became a realization when Park Place Surgical Hospital began operations as an Ambulatory Surgery Center on March 18, 1999. The success of this physician-owned facility is due to its quality of care and convenience for both patients and physicians. Beyond the capability of providing more of the same outpatient services that are in demand, Park Place offers the community access to elective inpatient services that previously were only provided by Lafayetteâ€™s community hospitals. 54 | VIVEZ EN BONNE SANTĂ‰ Post Acute Specialty Hospital of Lafayette, LLC (337) 232-1905 postacutelafayette.com Post Acute Specialty Hospital of Lafayette is a 50-bed long-term acute care hospital offering specialized acute care for medically complex patients. Post Acute Specialty Hospital serves the needs of patients who are chronically ill, suffering from cardiac, neurological or pulmonary conditions, as well as neuropathy, arthritis, chronic pain and wound care conditions. FAMILY PRACTICE 4809 Ambassador Caffery Pkwy, Ste 200 Nathan Landry, MD (337) 988-8810 Francine Manuel, MD (337) 988-8810 Rick Matis, MD (337) 988-8810 Daniel Salmeron, MD (337) 988-8810 PEDIATRICS - FARREL RD. 324 E. 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Servicing Acadiana since 1928. www.hamilton-medical-group.com VIVEZ EN BONNE SANTÉ | 55 The Regional Medical Center of Acadiana (337) 981-2949 medicalcenterofacadiana.com The creation of the health system was announced in March 2009 and consolidates Women’s and Children’s Hospital and Southwest Medical Center under one name: the Regional Medical Center of Acadiana. Among the services offered: cardiovascular, bariatric surgery, emergency services, hemodialysis, laser surgery, orthopedic services, outpatient surgery, rehabilitation services, radiology, and special care units. Surgery Center, Inc. (337) 233-8603 surgerycenterinc.com As stated on their website, Surgery Center is Louisiana’s first licensed, outpatient facility and the 18th facility of its kind nationwide to open its doors on January 19, 1976, in Lafayette. Surgery Center strives to eliminate, as much as possible, a typical hospital environment, and its staff attempts to create a relaxed, but professional, atmosphere. Surgery Center is staffed with an anesthesiologist, nurse anesthetists, nursing staff, business office, and an administrator. Vermilion Behavioral Health System (337) 234-5614 acadiavermilion.com As stated on its website, for over two decades, Vermilion Hospital has provided comprehensive care to adult and adolescent patients in the Lafayette area suffering from mental illness and chemical dependency. This hospital is the region’s largest facility for hospital-based behavior health services – and with 78 beds, they have the means to provide the finest care to the entire area. Women’s & Children’s Hospital (337) 521-9100 womens-childrens.com As stated on their website, Women’s & Children’s Hospital, a campus of the Regional Medical Center of Acadiana, has been providing specialized healthcare services for women and children for over 20 years. 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The Acadiana Symphony Orchestra The Acadiana Symphony Orchestra is one of only two orchestras in the U.S. that is associated with a Conservatory of Music. One of the fastest-growing and most successful regional orchestras and schools of music in the entire nation, the mission of the ASO and its Conservatory is unified in order to achieve a cohesive approach in the development of high-quality performances and educational programs. The orchestra BRIA Hobgood Actress with Cite’ des Arts 337-291-1122 firstname.lastname@example.org 58 | DÉCOUVREZ LES ARTS ET LES SITES TOURISTIQUES performs at the Heymann Performing Arts Center under the direction of Maestro Mariusz Smolij. For season tickets and information, call (337) 232-4277 or visit acadianasymphony.org. Theatre League of Louisiana Take in a Broadway show with the Theatre League of Louisiana, the local presenter of nationally touring Broadway productions. The Theatre League of Louisiana Broadway Series features between five and eight presentations each season. All performances are held at the Heymann Performing Arts Center. For a full schedule or more information, call (337) 291-5555. Lafayette Ballet Theatre Experience the magic of Lafayette Ballet Theatre’s professional ballets, featuring world-class guest artists performing side-by-side with our area’s talented artists. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster and at the Heymann Performing Arts Center. For more information, call (337) 262-0444 or visit lafayetteballettheatre.org. Bach Lunch Tap your feet and grab a bite to eat at Bach Lunch, a free weekly music series held on Fridays during the spring and fall in downtown’s Parc Sans Souci. Bach Lunch presents local bands and food from area restaurants from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information, call (337) 291-5566 or visit the events listing at DowntownLafayette.org. Credit: Sharper Photography Downtown Alive! Downtown Alive! offers a free, weekly music series held on Fridays during the spring and fall in Downtown Lafayette. DTA! presents the best of local and regional bands from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. For more information and band schedules, call (337) 291-5566 or visit the events listing at DowntownLafayette.org. Find Downtown Alive! on Facebook for the most up-to-date information. Atchafalaya Basin Take a day trip to Henderson for swamp tours on the Atchafalaya Basin, enjoy Cajun cuisine at restaurants like Robin’s and Pat’s or Cajun music and cold beer overlooking the basin at McGee’s Landing or the Atchafalaya Club. Relax at Cajun Palms RV Resort, a fullservice campground resort complete with pool, clubhouse, and a tiki bar. DÉCOUVREZ LES ARTS ET LES SITES TOURISTIQUES | 59 Credit: Zoom Photo Studio, LLC Village of River Ranch Visit the Village of River Ranch for its fall and spring music series, Rhythms on the River. Local bands play in the Town Square on Thursday nights from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. and shops keep their doors open late. For more information, call (337) 216-0249 or visit riverranchlafayette.com. The Acadiana Center for the Arts The Acadiana Center for the Arts in the heart of Downtown Lafayette functions as a cultural anchor for Acadiana. A facility of great architectural beauty with museum-quality gallery space, workshop, and meeting areas, it is the home of the Acadiana Arts Council, its administrative arm. Through the Center, as well as through outreach in arts funding and education, the Arts Council serves an eightparish region with community development, education, performances, and exhibits. Performing Arts Society of Acadiana (PASA) See nationally and internationally recognized performing artists in opera, theater, dance, and music during the Performing Arts Society of Acadiana (PASA) season. Performances are held at the Heymann Performing Arts Center. Call (337) 237-2787 or visit pasa-online.org for a schedule of events and season tickets. Acadiana Park Nature Station Environmental education programs, exhibits, and natural history activities highlight Southwest Louisianaâ€™s unique ecology at Acadiana Park Nature Station. The station is situated on 42 acres of bottomland hardwood forest in the northern part of Lafayette with a three-mile nature trail, guided bird tours, and monthly night hikes. For more information, call (337) 291-8448. Roberts Cove Germanfest Experience a taste of Germany at the Roberts Cove Germanfest, held the first weekend in October in the community of Roberts Cove, which is about 25 minutes from Lafayette. The fest includes German music, dancing, food, and beer. For more information, call (337) 334-8354. LIBRARIES Main Library Downtown 538 Jefferson St. Lafayette, LA (337) 261-5787 Butler Memorial Branch 309 Cora St. Lafayette, LA (337) 234-0363 Broussard Branch 100 W. Main St. Broussard, LA (337) 837-3936 Chenier Center 220 W. Willow St., Bldg. C Lafayette, LA (337) 291-2941 Duson Branch 310 Avenue au Nord Duson, LA (337) 837-3521 Milton Branch Cedar Village Shopping Center 108 W. Milton Ave. Milton, LA 70558 (337) 856-5261 North Regional Library 5101 N. University Ave. Carencro, LA (337) 896-6323 Scott Branch 5808 W. Cameron St. Scott, LA (337) 232-9321 South Regional Library 6101 Johnston St. Lafayette, LA (337) 981-1028 Youngsville Branch 506 Lafayette St., Ste. C Youngsville, LA (337) 856-9385 60 | DĂ‰COUVREZ LES ARTS ET LES SITES TOURISTIQUES LAFAYETTE MUSEUMS Acadian Cultural Center of Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve 501 Fisher Rd. (337) 232-0789 nps.gov/jela/new-acadian-cultural-center.htm This National Park facility features extensive exhibits and artifacts recounting the story of the Acadian region population, their history, language, music and architecture. An auditorium features a 40-minute film chronicling the Acadian deportation from Nova Scotia. Publications, music, children’s books and crafts are available for purchase. The center is open daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and closed Dec. 25 and Mardi Gras Day. Acadian Village 200 Greenleaf Dr. (337) 981-2364 acadianvillage.org Lafayette’s oldest authentic vision of life in 19th century Southwest Louisiana, LARC’s Acadian Village is a showcase of authentic homes along a winding bayou, which depicts unique Acadian architecture of the time. The homes were restored on-site and are filled with period antiques. Open daily, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. In the month of December, attend Noel Acadien au Village. It has been a part of LARC’s fundraising history for 30 years. Since the 1950s, LARC has been dedicated to serving the needs of people in the community with developmental disabilities. Throughout LARC’s existence, they have continually expanded to fully include their clients in the mainstream workforce of the community. Visitors from around the country and across the globe join Acadiana in touring the 10-acre grounds. There is so much to enjoy at Noel Acadien au Village – one trip isn’t enough. After touring the lighting displays, which display over a half a million lights, there are carnival rides, nightly live entertainment, local food in Santa’s Kitchen, shopping in the Christmas Store, photos with Santa, and so much more! Acadiana Center for the Arts 101 W. Vermilion St. (337) 233-7060 AcadianaCenterfortheArts.org info@AcadianaArtsCouncil.org Lafayette’s downtown multidisciplinary arts venue, the Acadiana Center for the Arts, includes a 5,000-square-foot main gallery space and three smaller galleries; lectures and seminars; studio spaces; musical, theatrical, and dance performances; and a gift shop. The James Devin Moncus Theater has seating for 300 and state-of-the-art acoustics. Its re-configurable space can accommodate every type of performance – theater, dance, film and music – from a full orchestra to a Cajun or Zydeco band. The Downtown space also houses AcA’s well-known programs, such as Louisiana Crossroads and the Arts in Education Family Performance Series, providing a hub for arts in the heart of Acadiana. Alexandre Mouton House and Lafayette Museum 1122 Lafayette St. (337) 234-2208 The Lafayette Museum is the 19th-century home of Louisiana’s first Democratic Governor, Alexandre Mouton. Period furnishings, paintings, documents, maps, and Mardi Gras costumes are on display, in addition to artifacts from the Civil War. During the Christmas season, the museum is decorated inside and out by area florists. The house and museum are open Tuesday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Sundays, 1 to 4 p.m.; closed Mondays and major holidays. Credit: Sharper Photography DÉCOUVREZ LES ARTS ET LES SITES TOURISTIQUES | 61 Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist 515 Cathedral St. (337) 232-1322 saintjohncathedral.org The Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist, completed in 1916, is listed on the National Registry of Historic Properties. Located near the Dutch Romanesque church is the third-oldest oak tree recognized by the Live Oak Society. The above-ground cemetery dates back to 1820. The museum chronicles the parish history through artifacts, documents, and memorabilia. It also houses a notable Italian Nativity. The adjoining gift shop offers modestly priced cards, jewelry, art, and handcrafted items. Pre-arranged tours are available. Open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to noon, 1 to 4 p.m. Children’s Museum of Acadiana 201 E. Congress St (337) 232-8500 childrensmuseumofacadiana.com The hands-on Children’s Museum of Acadiana in downtown Lafayette is a colorful, exciting place where 62 | DÉCOUVREZ LES ARTS ET LES SITES TOURISTIQUES children enjoy “Learning By Doing.” Exhibits are designed for children from toddlers to age 10 and include a television station, bubble factory, and grocery store. Children can also visit the Café des Enfants, Reuseum, and Ambulance. The museum offers field trips, birthday parties and scout workshops and is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Lafayette Science Museum and Planetarium 433 Jefferson St. (337) 291-5544 lafayettesciencemuseum.org The Lafayette Science Museum and Planetarium presents over 10,000 square feet of exhibitions; planetarium shows; hands-on, interactive experiences; films; and workshops on science, history, and culture. Traveling exhibitions, from organizations like the Smithsonian Institution and National Science Foundation, change quarterly, as do planetarium shows. The museum and planetarium are open Tuesday, 9 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.; Wednesday - Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sunday, 1 to 6 p.m. Vermilionville 300 Fisher Rd. (337) 233-4077, (866) 99-BAYOU vermilionville.org Vermilionville is a Cajun and Creole Heritage and Folklife Park located along the banks of the Bayou Vermilion in Lafayette. The historic village is made up of 20 structures, seven of which are original homes of the area that have been moved to our site. In addition to the homes, Vermilionville’s village includes a Native American hut, a blacksmith shop, a schoolhouse, a chapel, and more. The village’s structures, the artifacts found inside and even the plants on the grounds are meant to represent life for the early Acadian and Creole settlers in Louisiana between the years of 1765 and 1890. Costumed historical interpreters demonstrate traditional crafts, cooking, gardening, and music throughout the village. Schedule a boat tour down the Bayou Vermilion to see Lafayette from a whole new vantage point (weather and water conditions permitting). Vermilionville also has an eight-room, interactive watershed exhibit, showcasing how humans affect waterways and what the water means to mankind, focusing specifically on the Bayou Vermilion. The on-site gift shop is filled with this area’s locally crafted items, Cajun and Creole music, movies, books, and art, plus beautiful fleur-de-lis items. Yearly memberships are available. Vermilionville is open Tuesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The village is closed on Mondays and major holidays. Area Tours Credit: Zoom Photo Studio, LLC Allons Á Lafayette, Inc. (800) 264-5465 allonsalafayette.com With over 30 years of experience, Allon Á Lafayette offers first class service to the entire state of Louisiana. As visitors tour the unique state of Louisiana with professionally trained Allons guides, they are not only entertained but exposed to the rich history of our state. “We take you where many have not traveled. We love the back roads and the hidden treasures of our state – and enjoy sharing it with our friends.” Cajun Food Tours (337) 230-6169 cajunfoodtours.com Experience the flavor of Louisiana on a cozy customized tour bus! Visitors learn the history and love of the culture and stop to taste several of the renowned Cajun delights that make Acadiana so unique. Daily tours make tasting stops! Paul and Lulu Hilliard University Art Museum University of Louisiana, Lafayette 710 E. St. Mary Blvd. (337) 482-2278 museum.louisiana.edu The Paul and Lulu Hilliard University Art Museum in Lafayette is Acadiana’s architectural landmark and the largest art museum between Houston and New Orleans. The museum features a variety of changing exhibitions and a continuing schedule of lectures and programs. Come enjoy the museum and the beauty of University of Louisiana at Lafayette campus just blocks away from the galleries, shops, and famous restaurants of Downtown Lafayette and the Oil Center. The museum is open Tuesdays-Thursdays 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Fridays 9 a.m. to noon; Saturdays 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and closed on Sundays, Mondays and major holidays. DÉCOUVREZ LES ARTS ET LES SITES TOURISTIQUES | 63 DONNEZ AUX AUTRES Give to others Giving back to the community is an act of kindness with no instant guarantees, but a giving spirit always rewards a return in some form or other. While Lafayette is large enough to provide all the cultural, recreational, and economic opportunities that any resident or visitor can want, it is still a city with a small-town heart. The compassion and leadership in Lafayette is evident in its many service organizations. One of the best assets of Lafayette is its residentsâ€™ ability to volunteer and help out one another. MEMBER NONPROFIT ORGANIZATIONS A Pregnancy Center and Clinic (337) 232-5509 apccforlife.com Acadiana Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure (337) 993-5745 komenacadiana.org Acadiana Center for the Arts (337) 233-7060 acadianacenterforthearts.org Acadiana Society for Human Resource Management (337) 314-2394 acadianashrm.org The ALS Association LouisianaMississippi Chapter (225) 343-9880 webla.alsa.org Affiliated Blind of Louisiana (337) 234-6492 affiliatedblind.org American Cancer Society (337) 237-3736 cancer.org American Red Cross (337) 234-7371 redcross.org Arc of Acadiana (337) 234-7254 arcofacadiana.org Autism Society of America (337) 235-4425 acadianaautism.com Credit: Zoom Photo Studio, LLC Big Brothers Big Sisters of Acadiana (337) 269-0454 acadianabigs.com Boys and Girls Clubs of Acadiana (337) 268-9555 bgcacadiana.com Coastal Vision Foundation (214) 205-7495 coastalvisionfoundation.org Community Foundation of Acadiana (337) 769-4840 cfacadiana.org The Crouch Foundation (337) 234-1828 crouchfoundation.org Evangeline Area Council, Boy Scouts of America (337) 235-8551 eacbsa.org Faith House (337) 232-8954 faithhouseacadiana.com Families Helping Families of Acadiana (337) 984-3458 fhfacadiana.org GGR LA/Mczeal Project (337) 962-4970 girlsandguysrockla.com Girl Scouts of Louisiana Pines to the Gulf (800) 960-2093 gslpg.com Goodwill Industries (337) 261-5811 lagoodwill.com Gulf Coast Social Services (337) 269-1165 gctfs.org/lafayette Hearts of Hope (337) 269-1557 theheartsofhope.org Junior Achievement of Acadiana (337) 266-8202 acadiana.ja.org Junior League of Lafayette, Inc. (337) 988-2739 juniorleagueoflafayette.com Lafayette Bar Association (337) 237-4700 lafayettebar.org Lafayette Education Foundation (337) 234-3229 lefoundation.org 64 | DONNEZ AUX AUTRES Lafayette Public Library Foundation (337) 261-5781 lplfoundation.org Louisiana Cultural Economy Foundation (LCEF) (337) 366-8970 culturaleconomy.org March of Dimes-Acadiana Division (337) 233-8476 marchofdimes.com Miles Perret Cancer Services (337) 984-1920 milesperretcenter.org Muscular Dystrophy Association (337) 234-0088 mda.org Optimist Club of Lafayette (337) 205-0221 Rotary Club of Lafayette (337) 482-6777 lafayetterotary.com Salvation Army (337) 235-2407 usss.salvationarmy.org/uss/www_uss_ lafayette.nsf Second Harvest Food Bank of Greater New Orleans & Acadiana (337) 237-7711 no-hunger.org Sky’s the Limit of Acadiana (337) 288-2634 Smile Community Action Agency (337) 234-3272 smilecaa.org Southwest Louisiana Education and Referral Center, Inc. (337) 232-4357 232-help.org Southwest Louisiana Independence Center, Inc. (337) 269-0027 slic-la.org Teche-Vermilion Fresh Water District (337) 233-6902 UL Lafayette Alumni Association (337) 482-0900 LOUISIANAalumni.org UL Lafayette Foundation (337) 482-0700 ullafayettefoundation.org United Way of Acadiana, Inc. (337) 233-8302 unitedwayofacadiana.org Volunteers of America Greater Baton Rouge – Acadiana Programs (337) 234-5715 voagbr.org Woman’s Foundation, Inc. (337) 984-4959, 988-1816 womansfoundation.com Zydeco Marathon zydecomarathon.com Credit: Sharper Photography DONNEZ AUX AUTRES | 65 AMUSEZ-VOUS ET BOUGEZ Play & be active Credit: Sharper Photography The citizens of Lafayette Parish have the opportunity to participate in a wide variety of physical activities such as cycling, running, horseback riding, golf, and as well as a large selection of fitness clubs and studios. PARKS Parc International Located on the corner of Garfield and Polk Street in downtown. The largest of the three downtown parks, Parc International is gated, includes a stage, two backstage dressing rooms, two public restrooms, two water fountains, two pavilions and an equipment room. Parc Sans Souci Located downtown on 201 E. Vermillion St., it includes a gazebo, grassy areas, and a large fountain, which is a favorite among park goers. This park is used for concerts, races, weddings, and more. Parc Putnam Is the smallest of the three downtown parks and is located in front of the Federal Courthouse. The parc offers benches and beautiful landscaping. 66 | AMUSEZ-VOUS ET BOUGEZ Acadiana Park 1005 E. Alexander St. • 117 acres Open play area, lighted tennis courts, soccer fields, basketball courts, backstop ball diamond, covered picnic area with grills, restrooms, water fountain, children’s playground with baby equipment, campground, disc golf course, jogging trail, bike/ mountain bike trails, nature trail, nature station, and historical or commemorative markers. Arceneaux Park 835 E. Main, Broussard • 31 acres Tennis courts, soccer fields, basketball courts, lighted ball fields, batting cages, t-ball, covered picnic areas, restrooms, and children’s playground. Beaullieu Park 410 W. Bluebird Dr. • 29 acres Comeaux Recreation Center, soccer fields, lighted ball fields, batting cages, jogging trail, covered picnic areas, restrooms, water fountain, and children’s playground with baby equipment, concrete slab for in-line hockey. Beaver Park 500 Fisher Rd. • 70 acres Tennis Center (sells tennis balls, string jobs, tennis lessons by appointment), tennis courts (lighted courts, clay courts and hitting wall), ball parks; covered picnic areas, children’s playground with baby equipment, fishing pond with pier and boat ramp, and historical or commemorative markers, and large pavilion (reservations required). Broadmoor Park 605 Broadmoor Blvd. • 8 acres Lighted ball fields, covered picnic areas, restrooms, and water fountain. Carencro Park 4300 N. University Ave., Carencro 182 North 17 acres Open play area, tennis courts, basketball courts, lighted ball fields, t-ball, covered picnic areas, restrooms, handicapped restrooms, water fountain, and children’s playground with baby equipment. Chargois Park 606 Guilbeau Rd. • 10 acres Open play area, tennis courts, soccer fields, basketball courts, lighted ball fields, covered picnic areas, restrooms, water fountain, children’s playground with baby equipment and historical or commemorative markers. City Park 901 Mudd Ave. • 104 acres Domingue Recreation Center, 18-hole golf course and clubhouse (Jay and Lionel Hebert Municipal Golf Course, a.k.a. “Muni”), Mouton Swimming Pool & Bath House (Olympicsize pool), Clark Field - lighted football and soccer stadium basketball courts, backstop ball diamond, picnic areas and children’s playground. Dalton “Pee Wee” LeBlanc Park 2036 Carmel Dr. • 5 acres Basketball courts, backstop ball diamond, covered picnic area and children’s playground. Debaillon Park 510 Saucier Dr. • 33 acres Pavilion with lights, picnic tables, and kitchen area (reservations required), two lighted flag football fields, one-mile walking/bicycle trail through park, tennis courts, basketball courts, picnic areas, restrooms, water fountain and children’s playground with baby equipment. Derby Playground 105 Aris Dr. • 1 acre Children’s playground with baby equipment and basketball goal. Dorsey-Donlon Park 301 Hilda St. • 15 acres Martin Luther King Recreation Center, outdoor pool, tennis courts, basketball courts, ball parks, jogging trail, covered picnic areas with grills, restrooms and children’s playground with baby equipment. Duson Park 101 B. Robin Rd., Duson • 29 acres Covered pavilion with lights and benches, open play area, ball parks with lighted fields, t-ball, covered picnic areas with grills, restrooms and children’s playground. Foster Memorial Park 399 4th St., Youngsville • 16 acres Open play area, tennis courts, soccer fields, basketball courts, lighted ball fields, batting cages, 0.8-mile walking track, covered picnic areas, restrooms, water fountain, children’s playground and historical or commemorative markers. Girard Park 500 Girard Park Dr. • 33 acres Main office of Lafayette Parks & Recreation Department, Girard Park Recreation Center outdoor pool (seasonal lessons), 1.25-mile jogging trail, work-out station, covered pavilion with restrooms and grill (reservations required), open play area, tennis courts, hitting wall, basketball courts, backstop ball diamond, covered picnic areas, restrooms, handicapped restrooms, water fountain, children’s playground with baby equipment, nine-hole disc golf course, four petanque courts, pond, natural wildlife and historical or commemorative markers. Graham Brown Memorial Park 1234 E. Pont des Mouton Rd. • 50 acres George Dupuis Recreation Center, Timber Challenge work-out station, one-mile jogging trail, batting practice areas, lighted tennis courts, covered picnic areas with grills, restrooms, water fountain and children’s playground with baby equipment. AMUSEZ-VOUS ET BOUGEZ | 67 Heymann Park 1500 S. Orange St. • 28 acres Heymann Park Recreation Center, pavilion, 0.5-mile jogging trail, lighted tennis courts with hitting wall, basketball courts, covered picnic areas, restrooms, children’s playground and regulation baseball field. I.R. “Bud” Chalmers Park 2129 N. University • 182 acres Wetlands Golf Course and Driving Range. J. Otto Broussard Memorial Park (Southside Regional Park) 221 La Neuville Rd. • 222 acres Fabacher Field Baseball Complex, pond, Les Vieux Chenes 18hole golf course, clubhouse and pro shop, cart rentals, driving range, and snacks available. J.W. James Playground 1001 Hopkin St. • 4 acres Open play area, basketball courts, backstop ball diamond, covered picnic areas with grills, restrooms, water fountain and children’s playground. Judice Park 500 Golden Grain Rd., Duson • 22 acres Tennis courts, soccer fields, lighted ball fields, batting cages, 0.4-mile jogging trail, covered picnic areas, restrooms, water fountain and children’s playground. Lil Woods Playground 200 Ile Copales Ave. and Guidry Street • 3 acres Basketball courts and covered picnic areas. Maurice Heymann Memorial Park 700 Girard Park Dr. • 3 acres Garden, benches, walking path, picnic areas and historical or commemorative markers. Moore Park 250 Couret St. • 130 acres Soccer complex (20-30 fields), lighted soccer fields, lighted softball fields, youth football field, covered picnic areas, hiking trail, go-kart track, restrooms, children’s playground and fishing pond. Mouton Playground 803 Center St. • 6 acres Open play area, tennis courts, basketball courts, covered picnic areas with grills, restrooms, water fountain, and children’s playground with baby equipment. Neyland Park 1919 Eraste Landry Rd. • 30 acres Robicheaux Recreation Center, Earl J. Chris Natatorium (Olympic-size heated indoor pool), tennis courts, basketball courts, lighted ball fields, batting cages, covered picnic areas with grills, restrooms, handicapped restrooms, water fountain, children’s playground with baby equipment and historical or commemorative markers. Everybody Loves Kart Ranch the place for FUN! www.kartranch.com • 337-837-KART (5278) 508 Youngsville Hwy • Lafayette, LA Bring this ad in and receive either: 1 FREE mini golf game or 1 FREE ride ticket 1 coupon per customer per visit. GET UP & GEAUX Birthday & Group Party Rates Go Karts • Kiddie Karts • Tiki Water Blast Boats Water Wars • Castle Clash • 18 Hole LA-Themed Mini-Golf Batting Cages • Indoor Soft Play Area Huge Game Room • Concessions Lafeyette’s Premier Running Store In the Oil Center 906 Harding St. • Lafayette 337.706.8763 geauxrun.com 68 | AMUSEZ-VOUS ET BOUGEZ Eraste Landry Playground 1000 Jeanne St. • 7 acres Baseball backstops, benches, open play area, covered picnic areas with grills, restrooms, water fountain, and children’s playground with baby equipment. Pa Davis Park 120 Dawn St. • 30 acres Bowles Activity Center, one-mile jogging trail, lighted soccer field, basketball courts, lighted ball fields, covered picnic areas, 18-hole disc golf course, restrooms, children’s playground, and therapeutic playground area. Parc de Lafayette 539 Jefferson St. • .5 acre Small bandstand, waterfall fountain with small pool, benches and commemorative markers. Picard Park 130 Park Dr. • 24 acres Tennis courts, soccer fields, ball parks, lighted fields, t-ball field, 0.5-mile jogging trail, covered picnic areas, restrooms, handicapped restrooms, and children’s playground with baby equipment. Plantation Park 1801 Kaliste Saloom Rd. • 11 acres Lighted ball fields and restrooms. Scott Park 1200 Cormier St., Scott • 17 acres 0.5-mile jogging trail, backstop ball diamond, lighted fields, covered picnic areas with grills, restrooms, and children’s playground. St. Anthony Playground 501 Hellen St. • 2 acres Basketball courts, covered picnic areas with grills, restrooms, water fountain and children’s playground with baby equipment. Thomas Park 300 Geraldine St. • 18 acres Thomas Park Recreation Center, 0.6-mile jogging path, tennis clubhouse (lessons by appointment), lighted tennis courts, hitting wall, soccer fields, ball parks, basketball court and children’s playground. Veteran’s Park 200 Feu Follet Rd. • 6 acres Veteran’s wall naming all deceased Acadiana veterans having served in Vietnam, natural wildlife, covered picnic areas with grills, restrooms, water fountain, children’s playground with baby equipment, fishing pond and historical or commemorative markers. Youth Park 1919 Johnston St. • 8 acres Lighted ball field, dog park, covered picnic areas, and restrooms. The Park at the Horse Farm 2913 Johnston St. • 100 acres Nestled in Lafayette’s center, 100 acres of undeveloped property is being transformed into a community recreational gem. The park, which was once a dairy and horse farm owned by the University, is currently being planned with community participation. It is referred to during the initial planning phase as The Park at the Horse Farm and the final name for the park will be made at a later date, and will be influenced by a variety of factors including public input, historical significance and donor participation. 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Lafayette is also the Hub City for shopping, drawing visitors from within a 50-mile radius. These 600,000 shoppers add up to continuously record-breaking sales tax revenues generated by Lafayetteâ€™s retail centers. Over 30 percent of dollars in Lafayette is brought in by spenders from outside of the parishâ€™s borders. Credit: Zoom Photo Studio, LLC 72 | MAGASINEZ AVEC STYLE Credit: Sharper Photography Credit: Zoom Photo Studio, LLC There are five major shopping areas: the Acadiana Mall, the Oil Center, River Ranch Traditional Neighborhood Development, Upper Lafayette, and Downtown Lafayette. All five offer the consumer a great variety of goods and services in Lafayette, and each offers a unique atmosphere. At the Acadiana Mall, shoppers can find major department stores and national retail chains. The Oil Center, River Ranch, and Downtown Lafayette contain locally owned shops selling clothing, gifts and unique items, in addition to restaurants. There are also dozens of other shopping centers and national chains to meet the needs of shoppers. Custom Furniture! Fast Delivery! DESIGN STUDIO LAFAYETTE 501 ACADIANA MALL CIRCLE (Across from JCPenney) BATON ROUGE 11655 REIGER ROAD South of Siegen At I-10 (337) 735-1000 • 1-877-886-6320 (225) 755-0600 • 1-800-729-5336 bassettla.com Regular hours: Monday - Friday 9 - 6 / Saturday 10 - 6 / Sunday 1 - 5 MAGASINEZ AVEC STYLE | 73 FAITES LA FÊTE COMME NOUS Feast like a local Credit: Sharper Photography Lafayette has been recognized as the Tastiest Town by Southern Living magazine, Best Food Town by Randy McNally, and named to Livability.com’s list of Top 10 Foodie Cities. Enriched by centuries of multicultural influences, Lafayette is blessed with one of America’s great food cultures. One taste of Cajun cooking is all you need to understand what all the rest of the country is talking about. The Acadians started with gumbo and etouffeé, staples that have evolved today into dishes that are considered fine dining and are copied around the world. Our local chefs have a knack for taking simple ingredients and turning them into spectacular dishes. Lafayette has the Cajun and Creole flavors you crave, along with the freshest in Louisiana seafood. There is always a little something unexpected – from white tablecloth to white paper napkin, and all of the local cuisine is incredible. Our Hours Monday 11:00 AM - 9:00 PM Tuesday 11:00 AM - 9:00 PM Wednesday 11:00 AM - 9:00 PM Thursday 11:00 AM - 9:00 PM Friday 11:00 AM - 10:00 PM Saturday 11:00 AM - 10:00 PM Sunday 11:00 AM - 9:00 PM In a laid back and comfortable atmosphere, La Pizzeria offers a variety of delicious dishes including specialty pizzas, calzones, pastas, salads, sandwiches and more. They also boast an impressive selection for the health conscious including gluten-free and low carb options like their specialty Kibbi Crust pizzas. All items are made to order with fresh, local ingredients. Cater your next event We can take care of any of your catering needs with our fresh sandwich platters, one of a kind boxed lunches, large pasta platters and much more. We can deliver & set up everything for your event. Visit us: 3809 Ambassador Caffery Pkwy #110, Lafayette, LA 70503 | Phone: (337) 989-4121 74 | FAITES LA FÊTE COMME NOUS Fresh Produce. Gulf Seafood. Hand-cut Steaks. Beautiful Casual Atmosphere & Pet Friendly Patio. Famous Louisiana Heritage Paintings by George Rodrigue. Great Wine List & Heritage Cocktails. Weekly Lunch & Seafood Specials. 507 W. Pinhook Rd. | Lafayette, LA 70503 | 337.504.2382| JoliesLouisianaBistro.com Two Louisiana Culinary Adventures Award Winning Cajun & Cajun Fusion Cuisine. Family-friendly, live music & Acadianaâ€™s best Sunday brunch. World-famous Blue Dog Art by George Rodrigue. Souvenirs available. 1211 W. Pinhook Rd. | Lafayette, LA 70503 | 337.237.0005 | BlueDogCafe.com www.lafchamber.org | 75 Credit: Zoom Photo Studio, LLC There are plenty of authentic Cajun restaurants that serve up not only good cooking but the whole experience with music and atmosphere. However, the area’s restaurant offerings are not limited to Cajun food. Lafayette’s diversified restaurant arena include Asian, Greek, Indian, Italian, Japanese, Lebanese, Mexican, Thai, and many other styles of cooking. The city also now boasts several ethnic markets, with prepared food items and ingredients for ethnic meals at home. Local farm-based produce and products are showcased weekly at the Hub-City Farmers Market in the Oil Center, as well as the Lafayette Farmers’ and Artisans’ Market, which is held in the historic Horse Farm and coordinated through the City-Parish President’s Office. Credit: Zoom Photo Studio, LLC Credit: Zoom Photo Studio, LLC 5755 Johnston St Lafayette, La 70503. Phone: (337) 534-0712 Corey Bodoin 76 | FAITES LA FÊTE COMME NOUS General Manager COME TRY OUR ESPRESSO! It’s organic and fair trade with a crisp, clean ﬂavor and thick cream 3123 1/2 JOHNSON ST., LAFAYETTE, LA 70503 NEXT TO GRAND THEATRE 337.534.4065 FACEBOOK.COM/JSJAVA JJava ohnston Street Coffee - Donuts - Plate Lunches - PoBoys 329 Dulles, Lafayette La 70506 Café 329 337-534-4986 2201 Kaliste Saloom Rd. Ste 1B Lafayette, LA 70508 337.706.8358 | Fax 337.706.8309 bullritos.com FAITES LA FÊTE COMME NOUS | 77 LES FESTIVALS CÉLÉBREZ ET ÉVÉNEMENTS Celebrate festivals & events Credit: Zoom Photo Studio, LLC Music and food are an integral part of the Cajun way of life. This is evidenced by the many festivals held in the region with entertainment provided by Cajun and Zydeco music and irresistible food. Although there is a festival somewhere every weekend in Acadiana, Lafayette’s two main festivals represent both the Cajun and Creole culture and its international influences. And, of course, each festival has a food component, so you will not go hungry while dancing the day and night away. Festivals Acadiens et Créoles Started in 1972 as an effort to keep Cajun and Creole culture alive, Festivals Acadiens et Créoles has grown into a free three-day festival in October attracting people of many different nationalities from all over the world. Festivals Acadiens et Créoles features some of the finest Cajun, Creole, and Zydeco musicians around Acadiana. The festival is held in Girard Park and also offers authentic Cajun and Creole cooking, rich cultural heritage and art 78 | CÉLÉBREZ LES FESTIVALS ET ÉVÉNEMENTS components, with the Bayou Food Festival, Louisiana Craft Fair, and Louisiana Fold Roots held in conjunction with the music. Visit festivalsacadiens.com for more information. Festival International de Louisiane Festival International de Louisiane is a community-based, nonprofit arts organization that produces an annual, free five-day visual and performing arts festival in Downtown Lafayette. Festival International celebrates the French cultural heritage of southern Louisiana, which consists of a combination of French, African, Caribbean, and Hispanic influences. FESTIVALS own version of Mardi Gras as well, from the courirs (runs) in the countryside to Eunice’s La Grande Boucherie. For more information on Lafayette Mardi Gras, visit lafayettetravel.com. Credit: Zoom Photo Studio, LLC The festival places special emphasis on highlighting the connections between Acadiana and the Francophone world. Each year, performing visual and culinary artists from Europe, Africa, Canada, the Caribbean, and the Americas are invited to share their talents with Louisiana artists, residents, and visitors. Since its inception, Festival International de Louisiane has become internationally recognized as a premier presenter of some of the most unique world musicians and performances in the U.S. Popular Louisiana artists such as Aaron Neville, Dr. John, Irma Thomas, Allan Toussaint, Zachary Richard, Sonny Landreth, Beausoleil, Buckwheat Zydeco, Boozoo Chavis, Amedee “Bois Sec” Ardoin, D.L. Menard, Terrance Simien, Gary Clark Jr., C.J. Chenier, Geno Delafose, Marc Broussard, Marcia Ball, Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown, Canray Fontenot, and Buddy Guy have all performed on the Festival stages. For more information, call the festival office at (337) 232-8086 or visit festivalinternational.com. Credit: Zoom Photo Studio, LLC Other Area Festivals Combining Music and Food ●● Rice Capital Championship Gumbo Cook-Off January, Crowley ●● Washington Catfish Festival March, Washington ●● Cajun Hot Sauce Festival April, New Iberia ●● Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival May, Breaux Bridge ●● Opelousas Spice and Music Festival June, Opelousas ●● Erath 4th of July Celebration July, Erath ●● Gueydan Duck Festival August, Gueydan ●● Delcambre Shrimp Festival August, Delcambre ●● Louisiana Shrimp and Petroleum Festival September, Morgan City ●● Rayne Frog Festival September, Rayne Credit: Zoom Photo Studio, LLC ●● Louisiana Cajun Food Festival October, Kaplan ●● Louisiana Cotton Festival October, Ville Platte ●● Abbeville’s Cattle Festival October, Abbeville ●● Louisiana Yambilee Festival October, Opelousas ●● Crowley Rice Festival October, Crowley ●● Abbeville’s Giant Omelet Celebration November, Abbeville CÉLÉBREZ LES FESTIVALS ET ÉVÉNEMENTS | 79 Mardi Gras A Louisiana tradition, Lafayette has its own style of Mardi Gras, which is the second-largest in the state. The Mardi Gras season features parades, balls, masking, and more, most in a family friendly atmosphere. Krewes begin gearing up for the season months in advance, as do the Southwest Louisiana Mardi Gras, Lafayette, and independent Mardi Gras associations. The festivities kick off each year with the Friday night parade and Le Festival de Mardi Gras a Lafayette at Cajun Field and continue through Fat Tuesday. Surrounding towns all have their SÉJOURNEZ CONFORTABLEMENT Stay in comfort In Lafayette, you can stay in luxury, stay in history or stay in budget. Visitors to the Lafayette area find plenty of comfortable places to stay, ranging from historic bed & breakfasts to modern motels and hotels with all the amenities. 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