The Cycle Zydeco is a Louisiana Creole cycling and Cajun festival that includes a 4 day bicycle tour in Acadians. The 2016 Itinerary is already available and start on Wednesday March the 30th with “Ain’t No Party Like A Chubby Party”; Thursday is the Du Petit Paris à la capitale mondiale; followed by gthe Doopsie at Evangeline Downs Racetrack & Casino and Saturday night is at Fred’s Lounge in Mamou and finishes at The Scott Boudin Festival.
The festival offer an awesome music line-up every year and featured acts include Chubby Carrier at Acadiana Center for the Arts, Rockin’Doopsie & Zydeco and Twisters & Casino on Friday night. The 4 day party plan includes a pre scheduled party roster and on the first night the festivities is at Cafe’ Des Amis in Breaux Bridge, LA; Bayou Teche Brewery in Arnaudville, LA and Blue Moon Saloon in Lafayette, LA. On Easter Sunday a Whisky River Landing in Henderson, LA is planned and Monday’ party night continues at Randol’s Restaurant in Lafayette, LA and Tuesday night’s festivities is held at Randol’s Restaurant in Lafayette, LA and the Blue Moon Saloon, but then that is only the pre-party plan.
The real Cycle Zydeco Kick-off Party starts on Wednesday the 29th of April and continues till Sunday the 3rd of April. Venues include the Wyndam Garden Hotel, Bayou Teche Brewery in Arnaudville and performance include Chubby Carrier & The Bayou Swamp Band, Keith Frank & The Soileau Zydeco Band and Geno Delafose & French Rockin Boogie.
Everyone can take part in the $7 scavenger hunt, this is just one of the key motivations to get people attending the festival to explore the towns and sights along the cycling routes. Plus it creates an opportunity for riders to their partner to meet up with one another. The scavenger hunt started in 2014 local businesses now donates prizes and stunning gift certificates, these gift certificates are given out to winners, these can be used along the way.
Kids can participate although the ride is geared towards adults, and two brewery tours are included with registration. One of the cyclists, Scott Schilling, who is also one of the ride organizer, does the race with his 1 1/2 year old. Only a few kids are expected on the ride
Currently about 800 riders plus just over 40 people providing support participates and up to 1,000 riders will be allowed to enter. The objective is to have a manageable to enjoy the ambiance of the towns visited. The origin of the word name Zydeco, well there are several somewhat competing theories of it meanings as well as its origins.
Camping options is offered and to make use of this facility cyclists need to bring their own tent, towels and air bed. A full list of restaurants and beverage places is offered onsite and at several of the venues treats is available for sale. Breakfast venues include High School cafeterias. Registration for this year’s festival is now open and starts at $300 plus tents, bicycles and other goodies is available for sale on the website. The full program is also available.