Monday, September 05, 2005

Katrina: The Shrimp and Petroleum Festival re-scheduled

Article from the 2theadvocate news site in Baton rouge:

Several Labor Day festivals canceled; benefit concert set


Acadiana bureau LAFAYETTE -- A planned zydeco concert at the Yambilee Building in Opelousas that threatened to displace more than 400 Katrina evacuees at a shelter there has been canceled after the organizer had a change of heart Friday.

Ultimate Zydeco Throwdown organizer Cullen Washington said earlier this week that he planned to enforce his contract to hold the event today and suggested the evacuees be moved to nearby schools for the weekend.

"I went ahead and decided to cancel it. … I can't find it in my heart to kick women and children out so people can come have a party," Washington said.

Washington estimated that he has lost about $13,000 on marketing and supplies.

"I'm still blessed that I can go home tonight. I can take a shower and get in bed," he said.

Other zydeco events planned for the festival-heavy Labor Day weekend will go on as scheduled, including:

-The Southwest Louisiana Zydeco Music Festival in Plaisance
-The Creole Zydeco Festival in St. Martinville.

But some festivals have been postponed or canceled in the aftermath of Katrina.Those are:

-The Shrimp and Petroleum Festival in Morgan City, re-scheduled for next month
-The Rayne Frog Festival has also been postponed. No new date has been set.
-The Mamou Cajun Music Festival has been canceled.

Meanwhile, plans are coming together for a Katrina relief benefit concert Sept. 10 at Parc International in downtown Lafayette. The lineup has yet to be confirmed. Acadiana Arts Council Executive Director Buddy Palmer said he hopes the benefit concert will raise at least $15,000 for the American Red Cross.


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