Sept. 18, 2013


For Immediate Release

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(337) 365-1540

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Iberia Parish Convention and Visitors Bureau

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Tour du Teche is Oct. 4-6 

Paddlers can race one, two or three days

VOYAGEURS. Paul and Ashley Hebert of Lafayette sprint for the Saturday finish line in Franklin during Tour du Teche III. The recreational class of kayaks, canoes and pirogues can race in the three-day race or in any of several one-day races. Photo by Tour du Teche, Inc.

BAYOU TECHE, La. (Port Barre to Berwick)--- Tour du Teche IV, a 135-mile, three-day race for kayaks and canoes down Bayou Teche, is Oct. 4-6, 2013 with pre-race events at Port Barre, La., on Oct. 3.

St. Martinville, finish line for Day 1, is keeping the party going with La Grande Boucherie des Cajuns on Saturday. In Franklin, finish for Day 2, paddlers and their support crews will be able to enjoy the annual Harvest Moon Festival. Berwick also puts on a street fair at the final finish line Sunday.
Tour du Teche attracts paddlers from all over the country and beyond, as well as a growing number from Louisiana. To accommodate beginning or recreational paddlers, there's the Voyager Division of Tour du Teche and five one-day races.
Tour du Teche starts at Port Barre on Friday with a finish 49 miles later in St. Martinville. Saturday's 59-mile race starts in St. Martinville and ends in Franklin. The toughest part of the race is only 27 miles, but, by Sunday, strength and resolve are sapped and the bayou is wide and windswept here, subject to contrary tides from the nearby Gulf of Mexico. The race ends on the Atchafalaya River at Berwick.
The one-day races are the Crawfish, 34 miles from Port Barre to Breaux Bridge, and the Acadian, 49 miles from Port Barre to St. Martinville, on Friday. Saturday: the Hot Sauce, 25 miles from St. Martinville to New Iberia, and the Sugar, 59 miles from St. Martinville to Franklin. And on Sunday, the Oil & Gas is 27 miles from Franklin to Berwick.
Voyageurs and short races start at 7 a.m. The Racing Division, which pays winners in cash prizes, starts at 9 a.m. each day.

Entry fees per paddler are $125 for Racers, $80 for Voyageurs and $60 for one-day races. The Voyageur Division, including the one-day racers, is for Tour du Teche cypress paddle trophies.


Tour du Teche is a non-profit dedicated to promoting the low-impact recreational use, protection and appreciation of Bayou Teche.


For more information, visit or call Executive Director Nicole Patin at 337-789-0319 and Director General Ken Grissom at 337-394-6232.




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.


For more information on parish events and tourism assets, call the Iberia Parish Convention and Visitors Bureau at 337-365-1540 or visit

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