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.
FOBL’s St. Patrick’s Day on the Bayou takes place along the banks of Bayou Lafourche in downtown Thibodaux with the gates opening to the public at 2PM. Immediately after Paddle Bayou Lafourche participants complete the paddle trip near the festival area, the cardboard & duct tape boat races will begin. This is a 100-yard dash for boats constructed 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 by Russ Cheramie and Shorts in December. 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. Entry into the festival is $10 and includes free food while supplies last. VIEW EVENT MAP
BTNEP’s Paddle Bayou Lafourche will take paddlers from Napoleonville or Labadieville to Thibodaux. 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 transportation to the launch sites, event t-shirt, snacks, and full access to St. Patrick’s Day on the Bayou. Canoes are available to rent. Paddlers can enter the 13.7 mile paddle which begins in Napoleonville or the shorter 8.7 mile paddle from Labadieville. Entry in the Paddle Bayou Lafourche is $35 per person and canoes are available to rent for $50 per canoe.