April 2, 2013


For Immediate Release

Céline Alis
(337) 365-1540

(888) 942-3742

Iberia Parish Convention & Visitors Bureau

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Louisiana's Sweet Picks
May 2013 Events
New Iberia * Avery Island * Jeanerette
Jefferson Island * Loreauville * Delcambre


Bunk Fest celebrates the life and music of jazz musician William G. "Bunk" Johnson with several events in May, including a procession and second line from St. Edwards Church Cemetery where Johnson is buried.

NEW IBERIA, La. --- The Iberia Parish Convention & Visitors Bureau invites you to experience our famous attractions, world renowned cuisine, contagious music, sizzling events and people who never meet a stranger. Join us and savor the difference in Iberia Parish!


May 1, 2013Loyalty Day Ceremony - A celebration of freedom with flag ceremony and harmony of patriotic music. Bouligny Plaza, 102 W. Main St., New Iberia, 6 - 8 p.m., 337-344-9397.


May 1, 2013 - Bunk Fest Arts and Heritage Awards - Awards presentation to those dedicated to preserving jazz history. Iberia Parish Library, 1111 W. St Peter St., New Iberia, 6 - 8:30 p.m., 337-560-5595,


May 1 - 2, 2013 - Iberia Parish 4-H Ag Days - Students receive hands-on experience with farmers and professors of agriculture. SugArena, 713 NW Bypass (Hwy. 3212), New Iberia, 8 a.m. - 6 p.m., 337-365-7539,


May 3 - 4, 2013 - Relay for Life of Iberia Parish - The American Cancer Society's signature fundraising event, bringing communities together in hope, celebration and memory. This unique event offers everyone in the community an opportunity to participate in the fight against cancer. New Iberia Senior High School, 1301 E. Admiral Doyle Dr., New Iberia, 6 p.m. - 6 a.m., 337-519-1978,
May 3 - 4, 2013 - Acadiana 4-H Horse Camp - Teaching 4-H students how to properly care for their horses. SugArena, 713 NW Bypass (Hwy. 3212), New Iberia, 8 a.m. - 6 p.m., 337-365-7539,


May 4, 2013 - Bunk Fest Best Blues, Beans, Jazz & Peas Contestival - A nice afternoon with the best blues, beans, jazz and peas all served up with a touch of local humor; honoring the late Jazz musician William G. "Bunk" Johnson. Steamboat Pavilion- Bouligny Plaza, 102 W. Main St., New Iberia, 3 - 9 p.m., 337-560-5595, 


May 4, 7, 11, 14, 18, 21, 25, 28, 2013 - Teche Area Farmers' Market - Experience our harvest of delicious, locally grown produce and homemade products by area farmers, artists and crafters. Also included are handcrafted cypress yard objects, bread and fresh baked goods, ceramics, honey, jellies, jams, herbs, candies, wooden bowls and utensils, birdhouses, garden benches and much more. Bouligny Plaza, 102 W. Main St., New Iberia, Tuesdays 2:30 - 6 p.m., Saturdays 7 - 11 a.m., 337-369-2330 or 337-380-0672.
May 5, 2013 - Acadiana Barrel Racing Association - Regional barrel race series, concessions. SugArena, 713 NW Bypass (Hwy. 3212), New Iberia, 8 a.m. - 6 p.m., 337-365-7539,

May 7 - 9, 2013 - Southern Regional Mine Rescue Competition - Metal/nonmetal mine rescue competition, 12-14 teams of 10, with Mine Safety and Health Administration judges. Free to the public. SugArena, 713 NW Bypass (Hwy. 3212), New Iberia, 7 a.m. - 5 p.m., 337-365-7539,

May 9, 2013 - Bunk Fest Young Steppers Expo - Features musicians dedicated to carrying on the traditions of jazz legend William G. "Bunk" Johnson. MLK Center @ West End Park, 1200 Field St., New Iberia, 10 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., 337-560-5595, 

May 10, 2013 - Bunk Fest Jazz Preservation - A soulful evening honoring past jazz musicians, especially William G. "Bunk" Johnson, who have taken the music where it is today. William G. Bunk Johnson Memorial Plaza, 500 Hopkins St., New Iberia, 4 - 7 p.m., 337-560-5595, 

May 11, 2013 - Jeanerette Farmer's Market - Locally grown foods and handmade items. Jeanerette City Park, Tarleton Street, 8 a.m. - noon, 337-276-4293,
May 11, 2013 - Delcambre Seafood and Farmers' Market - Debuting this spring, the market will feature wild-caught Delcambre Direct Seafood and farm fresh, locally grown produce. With music, food and special events, visitors will enjoy a fun and healthy shopping experience. Shrimp Festival Grounds, corner of North Richard and East Church Streets, Delcambre, 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., 800-884-6120,
May 11, 2013 -Acadiana Barrel Racing Association- Regional barrel race series, concessions. SugArena, 713 NW Bypass (Hwy. 3212), New Iberia, 8 a.m. - 6 p.m., 337-365-7539,

May 11, 2013 - Q-Ing on the Bayou Boat Poker Run - Poker run in boats with pre-determined stops where cards are to be drawn. Ends at Delcambre boat dock at 6 p.m. with live music. BBQ cook-off begins at 10 a.m. with judging and serving at 4 p.m. Winners announced at 6 p.m. North Pier Marina, 307 Isadore St., Delcambre, 11 a.m. - 8 p.m., 337-658-2422,

May 16 - 18, 2013 -  Cruisin' Cajun Country Cruise In - Classic and muscle cars cruise into the HOT side of Louisiana's Cajun Country to experience the area's hottest attractions, award-winning Main Street historic district, food, live music, gaming and burn out contest. Super 8 Hotel, 2714 Hwy. 14, New Iberia, 8 a.m. - 11 p.m., 337-367-1631,

May 19, 2013 - Armed Force Day Ceremony - A celebration of our armed forces for keeping us safe at home and abroad with flag ceremony and harmony of patriotic music. Bouligny Plaza, 102 W. Main St., New Iberia, 6 - 8 p.m., 337-344-9397.

May 25, 2013 - Splash Bash - Swimming, arts and crafts, games, fun jumps, food, refreshments. New Iberia City Park, 300 Parkview Dr., New Iberia, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., 337-339-5903.

May 25 - 26, 2013 - SugaSheaux - Regional horse show and ranch sorting competition, concessions. SugArena, 713 NW Bypass (Hwy. 3212), New Iberia, 9 a.m.- 6 p.m., 337-365-7539,
May 26, 2013 - Bunk Fest Gospel Jazz and Second Line - Gospel jazz at St. Edwards Catholic Church followed by procession at 1 p.m. and second line from St. Edwards Church Cemetery. St. Edwards Catholic Church, 175 Ambassador W. LeMelle Dr., New Iberia, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., 337-560-5595,
May 28, 2013 - Memorial Day Ceremony - A celebration commemorating all of our fallen soldiers with flag ceremony, 21 gun salute and harmony of patriotic music. Bouligny Plaza, 102 W. Main St., New Iberia, 6 - 8 p.m., 337-344-9397.
May 30 - 31, 2013 - Iberia Performing Arts League presents "See How They Run" - Live theatre production, concessions. Essanee Theater, 126 Iberia St., New Iberia, 7:30 - 9:30 p.m., 337-364-6114,
For more information on parish events call the Iberia Parish Convention and Visitors Bureau at 337-365-1540 or visit www.iberiatravelcom.
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Hot Spots 


 Jeanerette Sugar Museum


 Antique Rose Ville Tea Room & Gardens


Bayou Teche Museum


William G. "Bunk" Johnson Jazz Collection Exhibit


KONRIKO® Company Store/ Conrad Rice Mill


Jungle Gardens of Avery Island 


TABASCO® Factory/ Country Store


Rip Van Winkle Gardens/ Rip's Rookery/ Jefferson Island 


Shadows-on-the-Teche Plantation Home & Gardens


Atchafalaya National Heritage Area Bayou Teche Corridor


New Iberia Main Street Walking Tours


                     James Lee Burke's "Iberia Trail"                    






The Iberia Parish Convention & Visitors Bureau is the official parish marketing agency promoting New Iberia, Avery Island, Jefferson Island, Jeanerette, Loreauville and Delcambre as a destination. Marketing programs target leisure travelers, business travelers, media, entertainment industry, and the travel trade including group tour planners, meeting planners, sports planners and special event planners. The bureau operates a parish welcome center located at 2513 Hwy. 14 in New Iberia.


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