- Associated Press - Friday, October 10, 2014

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - Festivals Acadiens et Creoles turns 40 this year, and the Lafayette festival is ramping up its events to celebrate in style.

NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune reports (https://bit.ly/1uX8c5l ) the annual free, outdoor event’s roots began in 1974 with the Tribute to Cajun Music. Within two years, it joined forces with the Lafayette Natural History Museum’s Native Crafts Festival and the Bayou Food Festival jumped onboard, too. It’s grown ever since.

The festivals takes place Friday through Sunday and are centered around Girard Park. Special keynote discussions, panels and showcases will help mark the 40th anniversary. The musical lineup includes Rockin’ Dopsie Jr, Beausoleil, Roddie Romero, Warren Storm and Sweet Crude.

There’s also the traditional “Cutting of the Boudin” to open the festival Friday, a kids’ area and a French mass on Sunday morning.

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Information from: The Times-Picayune, https://www.nola.com

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