Rougarou Gonna Get You to Party
Werewolves, witches, and more ghouls of all shapes and sizes will be heading out to Houma for this year's Rougarou Fest.
Taking place from October 21 to 23, Rougarou Fest is a family-friendly festival celebrating the rich cultural heritage and folklore that is found around the bayous of Southeast Louisiana. The festival is free to attend and will be located at 132 Library Dr., Houma, LA 70360. The grounds will be centered around the Houma-Terrebonne Civic Center, the Courtyard Marriott, the Terrebonne Parish Main Branch Library, and the South Louisiana Wetlands Discovery Center.
Music and Food and Activities. Oh My!
According to Rougarou Fest's website, there will be a lot to see and enjoy at this year's festival. There will be live music playing at the Woodside Energy Music Stage and will reflect some of the traditional sounds of Southeast Louisiana like Cajun and blues. Some of the acts who will perform this year include the Wolfe Johns Blues Band, Nonc Nu and the Wild Matous, and Ben Labat.
Guests will have plenty of food and drinks to decide on at the festival. There will fest favorites like hot dogs, nachos, kettle corn, and burgers, as well as plenty of traditional Louisiana classics like po-boys, gumbo, jambalaya, crawfish etouffee, fish courtbouillon, and shrimp boulettes. Food and drinks will be paid for in tickets and each item is worth a different ticket amount. A single is worth $1, so make sure to have enough pocket money to purchase tickets.
Both children and adults will be able to experience a lot of different activities and attractions at Rougarou Fest. One of the festival's main draws is its Krewe Ga Rou parade, which will start at 7 p.m. at the Houma-Terrebonne Civic Center on October 22. There will also be Rougarou Fest's costume contest, which was ranked as one of the top 10 costume parties in America by USA Today. The contest will take place October 22 at 4 p.m. and will have contests competing in multiple different categories like Most Creative, Scariest, Funniest, Best Overall, Pets, and more.
Kids can take enjoy many of the different activities that are in The Minnow Trap, such as face painting, frisbee throws, bobbing for apple snails, and pining the tail on the rougarou. There will also be the Atchafalaya Narrative Stage, where guest speakers will give talks on a number of different topics. The festival will also feature a scavenger hunt, a jack-o'-lantern lighting after the parade, and its annual nutria pardoning ceremony.
Festing for a Good Cause
All proceeds raised from the festival will go directly to the South Louisiana Wetlands Discovery Center, which strives to educate people about Louisiana's disappearing coastline.
The festival's organizers are also helping make Rougarou Fest a Zero Waste Event. As such, there will be stations set up to dispose of compostable items, trash items, and recyclable items, all in an effort to reduce the amount of waste that gets put into landfills. Attendees who bring their bottles and cans to the festival's Recycling Center can actually trade them in for extra tickets.
For more information about everything there is to do at Rougarou Fest, visit rougaroufest.org.