Louisiana’s Old State Capitol is hosting a celebration of French heritage, culture and language on Sunday, Nov. 4. The event is free and features food, crafts, movies, music and more.
The event marks the 50th anniversary of CODOFIL (Council for the Development of French in Louisiana) and the 300th Anniversary of the founding of New Orleans by the French.
Historical actors portraying Bienville and Évangéline will be on hand to interact and chat with guests, and La Famille Brown will provide music.
Guests can view the CODOFIL exhibit as well as the statue of Bienville at the Old State Capitol, and make a tintamarre (noise maker) using red beans and rice.
Speakers from the LSU French Studies department along with the University of St. Ann will be on hand to discuss French programs across the state. Guests can also view Le Choix de Theo and then learn traditional Creole dances from Ile de la Reunion.
Dr. Angelique Bergeron of the West Baton Rouge Museum and Tia LeBrun from the United Houma Nation will also be on hand to give talks on what their French heritage means to them. Mr. Jay Schexnaydre will give a presentation on French genealogy.
LSU Opera and students from the Baton Rouge Foreign Language Academic Immersion Magnet will be on hand for a performance. Representatives from the Pointe-Aux-Chiens Indian Tribe will perform as well. Songs from Évangéline- the Musical will be presented by composer, Paul Taranto.
On the grounds, there will be Cajun and zydeco dance lessons by Corey Porche and demonstrations of the game pétanque. Samples of Louisiana cuisines will be given out and other foods will be available for purchase.
At 4 p.m. guests will be invited to use their tintamarres and parade Mardi Gras style down the grand staircase in celebration of our French heritage.
This event is sponsored by The Louisiana Chapter of the American Association of French Teachers.