This week in Louisiana history. May 26, 2013. Episode
1 of the Louisiana Anthology Podcast
This week in Louisiana.
28th Annual Zydeco Extravaganza
2235 Creswell Lane
Opelousas, LA 70570
337-594-3137 Website | Email
1. This annual event is a celebration of Opelousas being
the home of zydeco music with live music, food and fun for the
entire family. Music performances will feature some of our
local zydeco finest on both indoor and outdoor stages.
2. Zydeco Extravaganza was started in May 1987 by the
Cravins Family as a way to revive the Creole culture in St.
Landry Parish and surrounding areas. It was a natural
extension of The Cravins Brothers Zydeco & Info Show, a
local zydeco radio show hosted by Donald and Charles Cravins.
The event, which started at the Blackham Coliseum, has since
been moved to Evangeline Downs Racino in Opelousas, LA,
allowing for an outdoor stage as well as an indoor stage in
the recently built Event Center at Evangeline Downs.
3. Zydeco Extravaganza draws zydeco fans from all over
the country and world each Memorial Day weekend. Every year it
features the ever popular amateur accordion contest, which is
always a crowd favorite. Many of the winners have gone on to
make names for themselves in the world of zydeco music with
their talent. It is the largest one day zydeco festival in the
world, with crowds numbering in the thousands. Zydeco's
biggest names such as: Beau Jocque, Boozoo Chavis, Keith
Frank, Terrance Simien, Curley Taylor, Geno Delafose, Zydeco
Force, and Chris Ardoin have graced the stages of Zydeco
Extravaganza. Its continued growth has been a tremendous asset
to the revitilization of Creole culture.