Students enrolled in French language classes at three Baton Rouge high schools will add their talents to those of musicians and dancers at BREC’s second annual Cajun Music Day festival Saturday.
The festival at Magnolia Mound Plantation features three live performances along with Cajun dance lessons, French-speaking areas and the Cajun Music for Kids event.
Students taking French at Baton Rouge High School, Episcopal High School and University Lab School are volunteering their knowledge of the French language and culture at the festival’s French-speaking area, called the Table Française.
Baton Rouge High School French Club president Kevin Orr said he thinks this and similar events can foster cultural awareness in the Baton Rouge community.
“Events such as this one are crucial to the continuation of Cajun culture throughout our state,” Orr said.
“It reminds people of the importance and vivacity of the culture that has allowed it to survive to this day.”
Last year’s inaugural event turned out nearly 500 Cajun music fans, and this year the numbers are expected to be close to 2,000, said Clarence Moritz, one of the organizers.
Moritz said the event, which premiered in November 2010, is designed to offer Cajun authenticity.
The festivities kick off at 9 a.m. Saturday, and the first band, Coobie Joe, begins at 10 a.m., followed by Paul Daigle and the Magnolia Mound Aces. The headlining Lost Bayou Ramblers close the event.
Guests can tour the grounds of Magnolia Mound plantation throughout the day.
Admission to the event is free. There is a $5 parking fee for visitors.