Around Acadiana for June 14, 2016 _lowres

Advocate staff photo by LESLIE WESTBROOK -- Acadiana Advocate reporters Billy Gunn, from left, Lanie Lee Cook and Richard Burgess photographed January 21, 2016.

The Preservation Alliance of Lafayette will host its annual History Walk on Saturday, offering tours of several homes and other buildings in the Sterling Grove Historic District.

There will be live music along the self-guided tour, and members of the neighborhood association will be in period costumes.

Tickets are $25, or free for Preservation Alliance members.

Attendees can register and pick up tour guides the day of the tour at 310 N. Sterling St.

For information, visit

Student arts expo

The Lafayette Parish School System’s annual Student Arts Expo is set from noon to 8 p.m. May 14 in downtown Lafayette in conjunction with May’s Art Walk.

Students will be exhibiting art and performing music, dance, theater and poetry at businesses and galleries throughout downtown.

Vermilion boat parade

The Bayou Vermilion Boat Festival and Boat Parade is set for May 15.

The festival begins at 10 a.m. at the Vermilionville living history museum and folklife park.

The boat parade will start at Vermilionville at 2 p.m. and end with live music and food at the Camellia Bridge boat launch.

Bayou Vermilion District has a limited number of canoes and kayaks available, and reservations will be first-come, first-served.

General registration for the parade is ongoing.

For information, visit bayou

Archives fundraiser

Musicians David Greely and Blake Miller will perform at a May 6 house concert fundraiser on Avery Island to support the University of Louisiana at Lafayette’s Archives of Cajun and Creole Folklore. The show starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20.

Details about the location will be sent after tickets are purchased. For tickets, visit

Coffee with a Cop

The Lafayette Police Department will host Coffee with a Cop meet-and-greets from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. Tuesday.

Precinct commanders will be at the McDonald’s restaurants at North University and Renaud Drive, at Johnston Street and St. Mary Boulevard, at Kaliste Saloom Road near Ambassador Caffery Parkway and at Willow Street and Evangeline Thruway.

The program aims to give residents a chance to meet with officers in a relaxed environment to discuss questions and concerns.

Submit items to Acadiana bureau chief Richard Burgess at or by fax to (337) 269-0410.