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Pirogue Races return to Bayou Barataria

For more than a century, the annual pirogue races along Bayou Barataria in Lafitte were a popular event.

Contestants gearing up for the race could be witnessed practicing their routines and sharpening their skills to take home a coveted trophy and of course the bragging rights that come along with it. As with most events, time passes and unfortunately in some cases traditions fade. That has been the circumstance for the last 20 years. However, after more than two decades with some passion and a desire to return to the communities roots, organizer Timmy Kerner Jr. is bringing the event back in big fashion.

This year’s pirogue races will be held on Saturday, July 21st at the Jules Nunez Seafood Pavilion in the Town of Jean Lafitte. The event will not only feature the signature races but also provide a history lesson of past races, a tradition that dates back to days of Native Americans. On hand will also be a ‘Cajun canoe’ builder hallowing out wood to build a pirogue on site.

With plenty of food, drinks, and scheduled entertainment to include Junior and Sumtin’ Sneaky this is an event you will not want to miss.

2018 Jean Lafitte Pirogue Races

Saturday, July 21st
Jules Nunez Seafood Pavilion, Town of Jean Lafitte

Event organizers are accepting race contestants for the following categories:

  • Common Boat (Work Boat Pirogue)
  • Girls 13-16 year olds
  • 2-Person Canoe
  • Boys 13-16 year olds
  • Ladies over 40
  • Blindfold
  • Men over 40
  • Kayak Race
  • Ladies Championship
  • Men’s Championship

For information please email the event organizers at or locate them on Facebook at 2018 Jean Lafitte Pirogue Races.  Additional details are also available by contacting Timmy Kerner Jr. at 504-756-3714.  Updates will be provided on Facebook as additional activities and appearances are confirmed.

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