Celebrate the Atchafalaya Basin During the Month of October

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BATON ROUGE, La (press release) – Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser, with the Atchafalaya National Heritage Area (ANHA), proclaims October as Atchafalaya Month. Feed Your Soul in America’s Foreign Country with events, festivals, and activities all month long.

“The Atchafalaya National Heritage Area is full of both beauty and mystery. In October, during Atchafalaya Month, we take time to celebrate both with events throughout the 14-parish area. In Louisiana, we celebrate our culture like nowhere else in the country. And, you can get firsthand experience of some of that culture in the Atchafalaya National Heritage Area,” said Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser.

Grab a kayak and paddle Bayou Teche with the Shake Your Trail Feather Festival on Saturday, October 22, in Breaux Bridge. Learn how to Let Louisiana Shine at the Keep Louisiana Beautiful State Conference in Baton Rouge on October 11-12. You can even get in the mood for spooky season at Rougarou Fest in Houma on October 21-23, and while you’re there be sure to stop by the official Atchafalaya stage to hear local music and learn about traditions from around the Basin. You will not want to miss Le Grand Réveil, a once-every-five-year festival celebrating the Cajun and Acadian cultures, happening around south Louisiana from October 1-8.

“As the seasons begin to change and the temperatures fall, local culture is showcased far and wide at the region’s many festivals nestled in a natural environment unlike any other,” said Atchafalaya National Heritage Area Executive Director Justin Lemoine. “October is the perfect month to explore America’s largest river swamp by car, bike, boat, or kayak.”

October is also Archaeology Month, Louisiana Seafood Month, and Folklife Month, so be on the lookout for special surprises you can only find in October! Follow along with all the Atchafalaya Month events on the ANHA Events Calendar.


About the Atchafalaya National Heritage Area

The National Heritage Area program is part of the National Park Service. Designated by Congress, National Heritage Areas tell nationally significant stories through natural, cultural and historic resources. Designated in 2006, the mission of the Atchafalaya National Heritage Area is to enhance the identity of our unique American landscape by preserving and promoting our heritage and by fostering progress for local champions that create authentic, powerful connections between people, culture, and the environment. To find out more about what is happening in the Atchafalaya National Heritage Area, check out www.atchafalaya.org.