For the past 23 years, the Cane River Zydeco Festival has been a staple of the Labor Day weekend in Natchitoches parish. The event, sponsored by the Magnolia Peace Officers’ Association, started with a sixty mile “poker run” that attracted over 50 motorcycle enthusiasts who competed for fun prizes while enjoying a picturesque ride through our parish.
The festival attracted people from all over the local area and beyond. Our city hosted a group of friends from Austin and Corpus Christi, Texas who drove to Natchitoches just for the festival. There was also a bit of lagniappe in the form of Miss Kaydee Meshell, the recently crowned Zwolle Tamale Fiesta Queen. Miss Meshell is a senior at Zwolle High School and will be a nursing major at NSU next year. The Natchitoches Parish Journal wishes you all the best as you close out your high school career and begin your collegiate one. Fork ‘em Demons!
The concert consisted of two singers and their bands. Koray Broussard of Opelousas was the first act. He and his band played a variety of Zydeco tunes. Natchitoches’ DJ Rob Reel kept up a steady stream of music during the day and between acts that kept the crowd’s spirits high. The night’s headliner was Houston’s Marcus Ardoin. He did not stop for a minute, keeping the crowd on their feet and dancing all evening with a high energy set of classic and new Zydeco music.
The Cane River Zydeco Festival is quality family fun and is part and parcel of what makes living in Natchitoches so special.