Acadiana and Lafayette Louisiana Gay Pride 2016

Celebrating Gay Pride in the heart of Louisiana's Cajun Country

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••• The Acadian Cultural Center, an excellent place to learn about the region's rich Cajun history. photo by Andrew Collins

Lafayette, Louisiana is the heart of the state's vibrant and rich Cajun heritage, an area renowned for its great music, distinctive art, and delicious food, all of which visitors can enjoy by partaking of the numerous festivals held in this region throughout the year, from Festivals Acadiens et Creoles in October to the Zydeco Festival in late August. In 2016, Lafayette will host the third annual festival dedicated to celebrating the area's growing GLBT community - the Acadiana Pride Festival will take place from March 19, 2016.

More details about this year's event will be posted here as information becomes available. Here's a look back at last year's event, in the meantime:

Some of city's Acadiana Pride Festival events took place at Cité des Arts, a wonderful downtown community arts center (it bills itself the "grassroots community arts and education incubator") located at 109 Vine Street.

Some fun programming included a Friday night premier of Upstairs: the Musical (about the tragic and deadly fire at the Upstairs gay bar in New Orleans in 1973), Pride Idol showcases; the Acadiana Pride Pageant, a Sunday brunch at downtown's convivial Jefferson Street Pub, and several concerts on Saturday and Sunday at the city's Parc International (which is downtown at Garfield and Polk streets).

Lafayette has a small but vibrant gay scene, including some very fun gay and gay-friendly bars and restaurants. The Louisiana gay newspaper Ambush is a good resource for finding out more about gay goings-on in the area.

Also have a look at the useful travel site produced by the city's official tourism organization, the Lafayette Convention and Visitors Commission, which is also an official sponsor of Acadiana Pride Festival.