St. Patrick’s Day on the Bayou + Paddle Bayou Lafourche


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.


St. Patricks Day on the Bayou
2PM – Gates Open to Public
2PM to 4PM – Live Music by Russ Cheramie
2PM to 5:30PM – Kids Activities
4PM – Cardboard & Duct Tape Boat Races Begin
4:30PM – Food Serving Begins (FREE with $10 entry)
5:30PM to 9:30PM – Live Music by Shorts In December


Paddle Bayou Lafourche Launch Times
Napoleonville – 8AM or 9AM
Labadieville – 10AM, 11AM, or Noon
*see registration form for additional details

$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