Weekend festival celebrates Cajun culture, music

Enjoy a French immersion crash course Saturday, July 17, and Sunday morning, July 18. No tests, just fun at the Cajun Music and Food Festival to be held at Burton Coliseum in Lake Charles. Doors open at 8 a.m.

“It’s a chance to celebrate Cajun culture and pass it on to the next generation,” said Renee Daigle of the Lake Charles Chapter of the Cajun French Music Association.

“Judging by the calls I’ve gotten, people are ready to get out and I’m expecting a great turnout. No, not everyone who has called has a Cajun accent. Many are from Texas. You don’t have to know how to dance a traditional Cajun waltz or speak French to enjoy passing a good time.”

The group was formed in 1987 to promote and preserve Cajun music and culture wherever possible.

Daigle’s grandparents spoke only French and her parents could converse in French. She can understand it, but doesn’t speak it as well as she’d like. She’d like to remember more and doesn’t want future generations to forget.

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