Louisiane-Acadie will hold the Great Acadian Awakening (GRA) from Oct. 1-9, 2022, with cultural activities set to take place all around the Acadiana region.
Louisiane-Acadie is a non-profit organization, domiciled in Lafayette, whose mission is to celebrate our native French language, Cajun culture and Acadian heritage. GRA is held every five years but was postponed to 2022 due to COVID-19. GRA is patterned after the World Congress of Acadians’ (CMA) festivities that are held in the Canadian Maritimes.
This year’s ceremonies will open in Abbeville on Saturday, Oct. 1 with events set to take place each day in St. Martinville, New Iberia, Arnaudville, Rayne, Church Point, Houma, Thibodeaux, Lafayette, Broussard and Port Allen.
Closing ceremonies on Sunday, Oct. 9, will include a 9 a.m. French mass at St. John’s Cathedral in Lafayette, followed by a Tintamarre to Warehouse 535 and concluding activities at St. Luc’s Immersion School in Arnaudville.
GRA is about waking up the people of South Louisiana to the importance of preserving the cultural resources of language, foodways, and music unique to Louisiana’s Cajun populace. Louisiane-Acadie also coordinates activities between Acadians of the North and Cajuns of the South and as such encourages families to organize reunions during this time to welcome their northern cousins.
Tentative GRA Schedule as of March 2022 – Subject to Change