Looking back on the 14th Annual Catfish Festival in Washington, LA, I realize I did a lot of things wrong….
We had come to the Lafayette area to attend the Festival International de Louisiane in Lafayette and the Crawfish Festival in Breaux Bridge.
From reading information about the calendar of events for Cajun Country (the area around Lafayette), I saw that in just the first couple of weeks in April, we had already missed the Cajun Hot Sauce Festival in New Iberia; the Boggy Bayou Festival, Pine Prairie; the Cracklin’ Cook-Off, Parks; Le Festival du Bon Temps a Broussard, Broussard; the Boudin Festival, Scott; and the Louisiana Cajun Food Festival, Kaplan
So, since Festival season was in full swing, when I saw the ad for the Catfish Festival, I had to put it on our calendar. However, I had only the time of the parade to plan the day around.
Then the fun began.
Washington is an historic town with a population under 1,000, so I figured I would have no trouble finding a parade. Well, a brief drive around town resulted in my sitting in a parking lot where a small crowd had gathered. After I realized this was the site of an Antiques Fair, my search resumed.
I had passed an RV park on the edge of town that had a lot of activity around it. I parked right at the entrance that just so happened to be the location of the Festival. The down side of finding a good parking space is that there are very few people at the Festival.
I soon heard sirens, which usually means a parade is coming. And a parade it was, but it broke up about two blocks from the entrance. The Mamou Elementary School band continued the extra two blocks
So, I had missed the parade, missed the lunch I was primed for, and missed some well-known performers in the afternoon.