Despite several critical setbacks dating back to the festival's infancy in 1947, the Plaquemines Parish Orange Festival has proven to be as resilient as ever. Taking place on the historic grounds of Fort Jackson, Louisiana, the Orange Festival highlights the gem of the parish-it's citrus industry.
Festivities will start on December 6th by opening the grounds up for the Carnival rides. Continuing throughout the remainder of the festival, a myriad of activities are available.
For The Adults:
Seafood Contest: Shrimp-Peeling and De-Heading, Catfish-Skinning, Oyster Shucking, Duck Calling, Orange Eating, Orange Peeling - the longest peel and unusual or decorative peel.
For The Entire Family:
Activities and Entertainment, Carnival Rides, 5K Run/Walk, Helicopter rides available from Jesuit Bend Helicopters to view local sites
For The Kids:
Pie Eating, Sack Races, Shoe Find, Orange Rolling, Egg Carry, Orange Eating and Peeling Contest, Children's Revue Fun Pageant (Open to Children ages 6 months - 4 years girls and boys and girls 5 years - 13 years) before Hurricane Katrina or are now residents of Plaquemines Parish)
Featured performers include the Big River Band, Boot Hill, Nashville South, Ernie Wilkinson & the Hot Sauce Band, Aaron Foret and more. And of course, be sure not to miss the Civil War re-enactments on Saturday and Sunday.
Learn more at orangefestival.com