The Cajun French Music Association (CFMA), Baton Rouge Chapter is dedicated to the promotion and preservation of our Cajun music, Cajun dance, Cajun language and heritage. We are a non-profit 501-C3 organization that has been in existence for over 25 years. We take pride in a long history of presenting authentic Cajun dances in Baton Rouge.


Dance Tonight – 8 p.m. Friday, September 16, 2016
UCT Hall in Baton Rouge


Cameron Dupuy & the Cajun Troubadours will be the band at the Baton Rouge CFMA monthly dance.   It’s the Purple & Gold dance – so dress up! Gather your friends and family and head over to the UCT Hall at 11175 Florida Boulevard in Baton Rouge.  That is just west of the Florida Boulevard – Sherwood Forest intersection.  This dance is on FRIDAY because of the LSU fall football schedule.   Free dance lessons at 7:10 p.m.   The band plays from 8:00 p.m. until 10:30 p.m.    Admission for the band is $10 or $5 for students with an ID.

Le Cajun Awards & Festival Now October 6-8, 2016


The 28th Annual Le Cajun Awards & Music Festival has now been scheduled for October 6th, 7th and 8th.   The Thursday night program, including the French Speaking winners, the New Dawn awards, the Annual Chapter awards and entertainment by CFMA Young Musicians will be held at La Poussiere beginning at 6:00 p.m.

The Friday and Saturday events, October 7th and 8th, will now be held at the Yambilee Building in Opelousas.   The Friday night program begins at 7:00 p.m. and includes the Le Cajun Music awards and CFMA Hall of Fame inductees.   The Saturday events begin at 9:00 a.m.    The band schedule will be released soon.

The change of location is a result of the recent floods throughout south Louisiana.   Please continue to keep those affected in your thoughts and prayers.

 

CAJUN HERITAGE


CAJUN CUISINE DURING THE ECONOMIC DEPRESSION

The Depression began in the late 1920’s and lasted at least 10 years in Louisiana. No one had any money, children wore hand-me-downs (les seconde main) went barefoot (nu pieds) well into winter – some even to school (sans souliers). Cajuns that lived near water bodies or swampland fared better than most; they fished and ate all kinds of wild game out of necessity; game laws also seemed lax during those times. Young wild herons were plentiful and easy to take from a rookery (place a niche); and a wild Grosbec never needed to be fed as did chickens. Without money to buy shot shells, Cajuns resorted to mud balls dried in the sun and thrown to knock down fledglings.
They also imitated the whistle and quock of an adult bird to lure (decoy) young flyers – methods that may have been learned from Indians? Cajuns habitually continued eating Grosbecs at home and at hunting camps long after the economy improved-until in the late 1950’s and throughout the 60’s, when Federal Game Agents reminded hunters that an International Treaty Protecting Waterfowl also included Grosbecs.

-Maurice Lasserre-