New Iberia is the first destination for Cycle Zydeco. The most beautiful downtown in America according to James Lee Burke. In downtown, New Iberia Cycle Zydeco riders will enjoy live music and dinner along the banks of the Bayou Teche. The campground & main logistics area will be in the beautiful New Iberia City Park on the Bayou Teche. Across the bayou is the downtown area where we will have our concert and dinner. The downtown historic area of New Iberia has much to offer.
Iberia Parish is very excited to be hosting Cycle Zydeco for the first time. See below for great deals offered by the local businesses in conjunction with the ride.
New Iberia was founded in 1779 by Francisco Bouligny and 60 settlers from Malaga, Spain and is home to:
AVERY ISLAND - Originally called "Petite Anse", Little Cove. Sits atop a salt dome and rises to nearly 100 feet above sea level at its highest point. Avery Island is the home to the McIlhenny Family. TABASCO® Factory - Where TABASCO® brand pepper sauce is made. View artifacts from TABASCO®'s founding family; witness the growing process of the pepper plants from seedling to full-grown plants; visit the mash warehouse for a peek at the sauce's aging process; view and smell the aromas of the stirring vats; and learn about the company's bottling and shipping process around the world. Jungle Gardens - Home of "Bird City", founded by E. A. McIlhenny, is a three mile driving tour around the remains of an unusual nursery. It's 170 acres of extraordinary, beautiful, strange, and useful plants, as well as a refuge for many animal species of special concern.
Shadows-on-the-Teche - Built for a wealthy sugar planter in 1834, the Shadows-on-the-Teche was home to four generations before becoming a National Trust Historic Site. Live oaks draped with Spanish moss cast shadows on the house, gardens and Bayou Teche. Family letters and furnishings present an authentic picture of life in the 19th and early 20th century.
Jefferson Island home to Rip Van Winkle Gardens and Victorian era home of 19th century American actor Joseph Jefferson (ca. 1870), a grand architectural masterpiece built as a hunting lodge and painting studio for famous actor, known for his portrayal of Rip Van Winkle. The garden and elegant home sit atop a salt dome nearly 75 feet above sea level at its highest point.
James Lee Burke & the David Robichaux series - A fictional mystery series by James Lee Burke starring Dave Robicheaux, a deputy sheriff in New Iberia, Louisiana
Bunk Johnson was a Jazz musician who lived in New Iberia and is credited for teaching Louis Armstrong and other Jazz legends.
IBERIA Parish GREAT DEALS
Taunt Na Na's Flea Market: Free Popcorn for Cycle Zydeco riders.
Tabasco Visitor Center Special Tour rates of $7.50 per adult for Jungle Gardens, $5.00 per adult for TABASCO, $11.50 per adult for combination tours.
Jefferson Island, Rip Van Winkle Gardens: Tantalizing Buffet, with Fresh Crisp Salad, Homemade Hot Rolls, and a cold Beverage $25.00 - All Inclusive. (Includes tax and gratuity)
Tickets to tour the Gardens & House - $8.00.
Shadows-on-the-Teche: Special tour rate of $ 7.50 per person.
Conrad Rice Mill/Konriko Company Store: Special tour rate of $2.80 for all participants in the Cycle Zydeco event.
Iberia Parish Library: Free tour of the Bunk Johnson Jazz Collection Room, where you can listen to a sampling of his music and/or watch an informative video.
Sisters: 20% coupon good for April 19-22. One coupon per person on any one item. (some items excluded).
Sweet Interiors: 25% off all wall art April 17 - 22