Congratulations to our 2016 Honoree - Mark Layne (Martel Ardoin) and Jim Soileau
Mark Your Calendars! Cajun Food, Cajun Music and Tons of Cajun The Mamou Cajun Music Festival began as a one-day festival presenting some of the local Cajun musicians to the citizens of Mamou and Evangeline Parish. It has since become what it is today, a two-day music festival, presenting traditional Cajun musicians, dancing, food, and contests.
In the early 1970's, some of the citizens of Mamou grew concerned that our culture was dying. These people felt that there was a need to renew the communities interest in our culture, thus was born the Mamou Cajun Day. In its beginning, some 20 or so volunteers presented this festival, which was then sponsored by the Mamou Area Jaycees. In the early 1980's, this group officially became the Mamou Cajun Music Festival.
On February 11, 1985, this organization gained its non-profit status as a corporation based on the premise that we would dedicate ourselves to the preservation of our Cajun culture and heritage through our traditional Cajun music.
Our organization takes pride in the fact that we have been able to continue the traditions of our culture and have been able to provide a platform for the many traditional Cajun musicians in our area, in which they can gain exposure and compensation for their art. At the same time, this event promotes the preservation of our culture by gaining the interest of our children, the citizens of Mamou, and the many tourists who visit our festival from all over the world.
All proceeds received are used to prepare and present the next annual festival to ensure our Cajun Culture lives on..........
Our Special Thanks to all who attend and support our festival.............Mamou Cajun Music Festival Staff