Friday, May 17, 2013

A Perfect End to the Festival

It was the third and final day of the Crawfish Festival in Breaux Bridge, LA, and we were back in form--arrive early, beat the traffic, and find a good place to set up our chairs.

At each of the three stages, there is space devoted to dancers. At the Crawfish Stage, the "dance floor" is marked off by a chalk-drawn circle. There is also a walkway designated by the words "No Chairs" (photo below) along which the dancers would make their way to the space for dancing.
We caught the performance by Rachel Wilson & Cajun Express
The dancers were as skilled in their interest as the musicians were in theirs.
And I could appreciate both groups of artists.
But we were especially glad to see this couple, Adele and Rowdy Huval, again.
We had met Miss Adele at the University of Louisiana-Lafayette at a seminar on music and the culture of Cajun Country about two years ago and met Mister Rowdy on our visit to Breaux Bridge last year. They are the parents of Forest Huval, accordionist/vocalist of The Forest Huval Band (below).
We spent a good amount of time with the Huvals while listening to Forest and his band. Without going into detail, we learned about Forest's graduate school plans and his work this summer in the Amazon with one of his professor's team.

Forest is a very serious musician and vocalist, and we hope that can find time to continue his music interests once he begins his graduate studies.
And no Festival would be complete without the appearance of a dancing crawfish.
We left the festival early, content that we had sampled some of Cajun Country's finest--good food, good music, and very good people.

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