St. Patrick’s Day on the Bayou

St Pats and PBL logos side by side


Friends of Bayou Lafourche (FOBL) and Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary (BTNEP) have collaborated to host FOBL’s St. Patrick’s Day on the Bayou and BTNEP’s Paddle Bayou Lafourche as a joint event on Saturday, March 12th, 2022.


BTNEP’s Paddle Bayou Lafourche will take paddlers from Napoleonville to Thibodaux with a lunch break in Labadieville. The paddle trip will culminate in downtown Thibodaux for the St. Patrick’s Day on the Bayou festival. Entry in the Paddle Bayou Lafourche includes full access to St. Patrick’s Day on the Bayou. To sign up for the paddle or for more information, visit the BTNEP website, call (985) 447-0868, or email Nicole Babin at


FOBL’s St. Patrick’s Day on the Bayou, our community’s only St. Patrick’s Day event, takes place on the Saturday on or immediately before St. Patrick’s Day (March 12th, 2022). The event takes place along the banks of Bayou Lafourche in downtown Thibodaux.

Immediately after Paddle Bayou Lafourche participants complete the trip near the festival area, the cardboard & duct tape boat races will begin. This is a 100-yard dash for boats made of only cardboard and duct tape with 1-3 participants. Participation in the cardboard boat races is free and participants will receive a free event t-shirt.

During and after the water activities, participants, spectators, and attendees can enjoy great cuisine served by food vendors while listening to live music. This is a family-friendly event with activities for kids. Water and soft drinks will be available for purchase. Alcoholic beverages can be purchased from local establishments and can be consumed outdoors within the festival boundaries.


Registration for Paddle Bayou Lafourche will be open soon!


Detailed schedule to be released soon!

$10 to enter the social area which includes live music and free food (12 & under enter for free)
Family-Friendly Event – several volunteer organizations will have activities for kids


2019 Race Results

Single Adult Kayak/Canoe/Pirogue

  1. Todd Magee – 15:52
  2. Marla Abel – 20:10
  3. Wanda Berthelot – 20:38
  4. Heather Hendrix – 22:14
  5. Mike Berthelot – 24:17

Single Youth Kayak/Canoe/Pirogue

  1. Mason Rodrigues – 24:08

Tandem Adults

  1. Ben Malbrough & Ben Caillouet – 19:01
  2. Jay Rutter & John Clement – 19:03

Single Adult Stand Up Paddleboard

  1. Brian Bergeron – 46:11

Single Adult Kayak/Canoe/Pirogue

  1. Daniel Naul – 45:41
  2. Rene Gautreaux – 46:37

3 Mile Scull Boat Race

  1. Jace Thibodaux
  2. Kerrigan Helton
  3. Javier Cruz
  4. Hattie Templet
  1. Duplantis Design Group, PC – 1:18.89
  2. Chris Ledet Homes – 1:34.83
  3. T. Baker Smith – 1:56.86
  4. #TWH/REECO Rental & Supply, Inc. – 2:14.10
  5. Clayton Homes of Thibodaux – 2:31.03
  6. Hi-5 – 2:42.50