Beignets - Basin - Beers - Boogie

Breaux Bridge to Opelousas

MAIN ROUTE: about 48 miles**  &  LONG ROUTE: about 62 miles

**includes 4 mile out & back leg to the swamp tour

Breaux Bridge - Henderson - Arnaudville - Sunset - Grand Coteau - Washington - Opelousas

6:00a: Shuttle services start between hotels and St. Bernard School & Parc Pont Breaux in downtown Breaux Bridge.

Luggage trucks staged at Microtel Inn & Parc Pont Breaux.  If you are staying in a Lafayette hotel then pack a day bag with a change of shoes and clothes, carry them with you on the shuttle to downtown Breaux Bridge and put them on the luggage truck.  If you are staying at the Microtel then be sure to put your luggage on the trailer at the hotel, do not carry your bags on the shuttle.

Weekend Warrior Check-In

7:00a - 9:00a: Check-in for Weekend Warriors will be at the Ramada Lafayette Conference Center. For route options, lodging and parking info please see the FAQ page "What is Weekend Warrior" for detailed info on the Weekend Warrior option

BREAKFAST

There are several breakfast options in downtown Breaux Bridge as well as on the ground at St. Bernard School. This meal is not included with registration.  If you are planning on enjoying the Zydeco Breakfast at Buck and Johnny's... get there early, music by André Thierry starts at 7:30 am. Other options include Chez Jacqueline,  Café Joie des Vivres.  Additionally,  the  XTREME Nutrition food truck will be serving hot breakfast options and yogurt on site at Parc Pont Breaux.

Swamp Tour in Henderson at McGee's Landing

Swamp Tour in Henderson at McGee's Landing

7:30a - 9:00a:  Breaux Bridge Police and St. Martin Sheriff Officers will provide traffic support.  Please be on the road by 9:00a

7:30a - 11:30a: Swamp Tour in Henderson at McGee's Landing (included with registration)

On Saturday the Long and Main routes ride together to Henderson for the swamp tour then to Bayou Teche Brewery in Arnaudville before parting ways.  Between Henderson and Arnaudville we will arrive in Cecilia where you will find Sunny-Dee's. Sunny-Dee's will have a tent set-up with food, music and water for Cycle Zydeco riders, and your Zydeco Buck's will be welcome there.
The Main Route will travel from Arnaudville to Grand Coteau then Sunset then finish at the Yambilee Building in Opelousas.  The Long Route will travel from Arnaudville to Leonville to Washington and finish at the Yambilee Building in Opelousas.  For more information on the towns please visit the web pages on this site dedicated to them.

Saturday Party at Bayou Teche Brewery tours and sampling.  This is the first point of interest as you arrive in Arnaudville.  Get there early before the lines back up.  Check out the page about Arnaudville to get a feel for it.

LUNCH

You are on your own for lunch, but the options are numerous whether you plan to eat in Arnaudville, Grand Coteau, Sunset, or Leonville. Recommendations in Sunset are Café Josephine and in Arnaudville, Little Big Cup and Myran's. Your Zydeco Bucks are welcome at all of these restaurants as well as at the Bayou Teche Brewery Tap Room in Arnaudville.

The town of Sunset will have Sebille Road closed off near Café Josephines presenting the following
 - Adam Doucet of KRVS program Le Reveille will be playing Cajun Creole Music
- Local author C. K. Leger of The Golden Thread, A Modern Cajun Fairy Tale will be here with her books and signing
- Lauren Daigle of D & L woodworking will have their handmade wooden pens
- Gerry Soileau of Seaux N. Seaux Soileau's Cajun & Creole Art and Jewelry
- Becky O'Reilly of Simply Irresistable Handmade Soaps
- Madeline Robin of Maddy's Magical Makings Tie Dye Creations
- Emily Wilson of Wildflower Fancies (jewelry & crystals)
Stores will be open for the cyclist and the scavenger hunt. In the lot directly across the street from us and next door to Caf Josephine will be the Sunrise Saturday's in Sunset Farmers Market set-up with local produce and homemade goodies.

SAG STOPS On Main route:
7:30a - 10:30a:  Pat's or McGee's Landing, Henderson
7:30a - 10:30a:  Lucky Luke's, Potato Shed Road, North of Henderson
7:30a - 10:30a:  Bayou Teche Brewery, Arnaudville
11:00a - 4:00p: Super SAG, Sunset with live music
4:00p - 6:00p: Memorial for Roxanne Richard, Lastraps Nursery, Opelousas
2:00p - 6:00p: Yambilee building, Opelousas

SAG STOPS On Long route:
7:30a - 10:30a:  Pat's or McGee's Landing, Henderson
7:30a - 10:30a:  Lucky Luke's, Potato Shed Road, North of Henderson
7:30a - 10:30a:  Bayou Teche Brewery, Arnaudville
1:00p - 4:00p: Hwy, 742 @ Hwy 743
1:00p - 4:00p: Antique Schoolhouse, Washington
2:00p - 6:00p: Yambilee building, Opelousas


Jammin' at the Yam in Opelousas.

OPELOUSAS, THE CRADLE OF ZYDECO MUSIC:

Yambilee Building (1939 W Landry St, Opelousas, LA 70570)

2:00p: Shower trailers available for all riders.  All luggage and day bags are ready for you to pick up.

3:00p: Shuttle services start running between the Yambilee Building, Lafayette hotels, and Evangeline Downs & Racetrack hotel.  All shuttle routes pass through downtown Opelousas, whether they are coming or going. 

Enjoy a walking tour of downtown Opelousas.  The Cycle Zydeco shuttles will stop for you.  Please check your map for the drop off and pick up locations.  walking tour maps and guides are available at the expo during check in and during the ride at the rider information tent.

3:00 - 6:00p: Complimentary therapy and massages from Matt Smith with Clark Chiropractic. Available next to Matt will be Minute Med with IV Fluid Re-hydration.

3:00 - until: Cash bar, merchandise and rider information stations available.

4:30 - 7:30p: Dinner & post ride entertainment at Yambilee building. 

Buffett Menu: Roasted and Deboned Stuffed Cajun Pork Roast; Pork Butt and Smoked Sausage Jambalaya; Louisiana Gulf Shrimp, Blue Pointe Crab and Crawfish Pasta Salad; Praline Chicken; Cajun Style Corn Maque Choux; Sausage, Jalapeno and Cheese Bread; Roasted Yams; Bacon, Bell and Black Pepper Finger Sandwiches; Prairie des Femmes Salad (Garden Salad with a fresh herb, French Vinagrette); Pecan, Praline Cake and Sweet Tea.

 NOTE: Indoor camping will be restricted until after dinner.

5:30 - 6:30p: Zydeco & Cajun dance lessons by Moriah Istre @ the Yambilee building

Zydeco Party at Miller's Zydeco Hall of Fame FKA Richard's Club

6:30p: Shuttle services will now include Miller's Zydeco Hall of Fame.

7:00- 11:00p: Party Corey Ledet at Miller's Zydeco Hall of Fame (formerly the Richard Club) with Corey Ledet playing.  

 

The House That Zydeco Built

The House That Zydeco Built

The Golden Age of Zydeco

The Golden Age of Zydeco

“Historians can look back to several junctures of time and place in American music when it was clear that something significant was happening. ... For zydeco, I would argue that it was Southwest Louisiana in the late 1980s and early 1990s, when Boozoo Chavis came roaring back onto the scene at Richard’s Club in Lawtell. .... Richard’s Club, a long, low-ceilinged building that seemed in danger of shaking loose from its foundations when the music got loud and the dancers filled the floor. Shiny pickup trucks packed the parking lot and the shoulders of Highway 190, while Creole couples made the scene dressed in matching Western outfits with pressed jeans. Boozoo’s simple, relentlessly driving music was a sensation. ..”
— From a 2015 article on WXPN, by Scott Billington: