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Acadian Odyssey: Saturday Nights in Eunice

About This Daily Classroom Special
Acadian Odyssey, created by Ron Dupuis, explores the culture of his ancestors by visiting "real" Cajun towns, presenting folk stories and language, describing the unique Cajun way of cooking, and allowing web site visitors to experience numerous Cajun-related festivals in Southern Louisiana. Ron is a teacher at Scotlandville Magnet High School in Baton Rouge (LA) and former Teachers Network web mentor. 

Saturday Nights in Eunice

Ask anyone in Eunice, LA where the Liberty Theatre is and you'll get an answer. Eunice is a small town about thirty minutes northwest of Lafayette (where the Festivals Acadiens is held). Everyone knows this place because on Saturday nights, the Liberty Theatre comes alive with Cajun culture. The Liberty Theatre used to be an old movie theatre, but today it's the place people look forward to going all week. People don't go there to watch movies anymore, for today the theatre is the stage for great live Cajun music and dancing. Parlez-vous francais? Well, if you don't, you can still enjoy the evening there!

The Liberty TheaterThe Liberty Theatre has become a showcase for Louisiana-inspired music, such as Zydeco, Cajun, Blues, and just about anything else you might hear in Southern Louisiana. Each week new bands perform in front of a full house, but don't expect these people to stay in their seats. Almost as soon as the first accordion is stretched, people are out on the dance floor. There's no prerequisite for going to the Theatre except a love for real down-home Cajun culture. The music is by some of Louisiana's best artists and the MC speaks in Cajun French, at least most of the time.

Don't worry, no one is considered an outsider in the Liberty Theatre. Whether your name is Aucoin, Breaux, Trahan, or even MacGregor or Jones, no one can help but to be moved by this special show that proves that Cajun culture will never die.

 

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