Paul “Bird” Edwards, who is pictured playing the scrubboard, leads a major jam session with fellow musicians and students during one of his percussion classes during Dewey Balfa Cajun and Creole Heritage Week at Chicot State Park. The Cajun French musician was one of several instructors for the week long camp where people from all over the world traveled to for the purpose of getting up close and personal with this Louisiana genre of music. (Gazette photo by Elizabeth West)

Fiddlin’ around Chicot

For the last week, people from all over the world have gathered at Chicot State Park to experience Le Grand Hoorah.

Campers at the 2018 Dewey Balfa Cajun and Creole Heritage Week toured several locations around Evangeline Parish Monday and Tuesday of this week. The tour both days ended with a stop at Fred’s Lounge in Mamou. Pictured here is the group who took the tour Monday. From left to right are: Standing- Marc Periard from Canada, tour guide Camille Fontenot, Guy Maclean from Scotland, Christel Freude from Germany, Joshua Savoie from Minnesota, Claude Methe from Quebec, and Delage Philippe from France; kneeling- Andy Rogers and Natalie Premru from the United Kingdom, Maggie Perkins from Lafayette, Chris Miller from Vermont, and Michael Papas from Massachusetts; seated- Dana Whittle from Quebec. (Gazette photo by Tony Marks)

Le tour d’Evangeline

While Cajun music was blaring over the jukebox speakers on a sun splashed Monday afternoon, a small group of French enthusiasts from the 2018 Dewey Balfa Cajun and Creole Heritage Week at Chicot St


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