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Iberia celebrates Blue Magic on Main this holiday season

NEW IBERIA, La. --- Break out the eggnog and dust off the ornaments, because it's Christmas time again, and this year, Iberia Parish is going blue, and we don't mean Disney's "Frozen."

In honor of the late "Blue Dog" artist and New Iberia native, George Rodrigue (3/13/1944 - 12/14/2013), and through a partnership between the New Iberia Downtown Business Association and George Rodrigue Foundation, "Blue Magic on Main" will be the theme throughout Iberia Parish for the holiday season and into the new year in anticipation of the "Blue Dog Comes Home" exhibit at the Bayou Teche Museum (Jan. 15-April 11, 2015). New Iberia's Christmas Parade will also take on the title this year.

In addition to the traditional parade, local attractions are celebrating the holidays with merrymaking events during November and December.

Starting the fun in November will be the New Iberia Holiday Vendor Event (Nov. 8), Bayou Carlin Cove Holiday Market (Nov. 13), Shop Small Day (Nov. 29) and the Christmas Shoppe (Nov. 30). Iberia Parish's farmers markets will also sell holiday items. For dates, visit These great markets give you a fantastic opportunity to get your holiday shopping done early before the Christmas rush arrives. We'll end the month with "Sounds of the Season" a free Christmas concert by the Acadiana Symphony Orchestra (Nov. 30). Various Iberia Parish businesses will offer Shop Berry Blue deals throughout November and December to add to the great savings. 

Come December, Iberia Parish has a multitude of events planned to make this holiday season memorable. Defrost with a bowl of gumbo at the Battle of the Paddles Gumbo Cookoff in Delcambre (Dec. 6). Travel to the Victorian Era when you tour the Joseph Jefferson Home decorated for the holidays at Jefferson Island Rip Van Winkle Gardens (Dec. 1-31). Shadows-on-the-Teche will also be celebrating in a similar fashion. The historical plantation home and gardens will be festooned with Christmas cheer starting Dec. 6.

The Iberia Performing Arts League will perform its Christmas musical "A USO Christmas Show," which will be dedicated to veterans from World War II to the present and bring back the nostalgia of the 40s and 50s with classic Christmas tunes and humorous performances that would melt an ice queen's heart (Dec. 11-14).

For the Blue Magic on Main Christmas Parade in New Iberia (Dec. 13), holiday goers can enjoy events throughout the day, including Shop Berry Blue deals at participating merchants, the Teche Area Farmers Market, Christmas caroling, church choir Christmas music, a festive food truck, food booths and vendors. The Greater Iberia Chamber of Commerce will also hold a Very Berry Christmas Scavenger Hunt on Dec. 13. 

New Iberia's Historic Main Street will play host to "Window Wonderland" from Dec. 1 - 31. Shops on Main Street will decorate their window fronts in a 1930s art deco Christmas card theme in a style reminiscent of a vintage New York City window display.

With an abundance of Christmas parades happening around Iberia Parish, the kiddos will have ample opportunities to see the jolly man. Santa Claus makes his first sighting during the Jeanerette Christmas Parade (Dec. 7). On Dec. 13, the lighted Delcambre Christmas Boat Parade will be followed by fireworks in the evening. The next day (Dec. 14) Delcambre will hold its annual Main Street Christmas Parade.

If you would like to celebrate with us on Dec. 13-14, enter our Blue Magic on Main Getaway on our Facebook. The winner will receive a complimentary one-night stay at the Main Street bed & breakfast Le Rosier Country Inn, free admission to all Iberia Parish attractions and Berry Blue Bucks for shopping and dining. 

With all these exciting events, the holidays are a wonderful time to visit Iberia Parish, because a trip here will certainly warm up your winter.


Office of Motor Vehicles Now Accepting Multiple Forms of Payment

 BATON ROUGE – Motor Vehicle Offices across the state of Louisiana have implemented and installed devices that allow citizens to pay their fees utilizing debit cards, credit cards and e-checks.  This enhancement provides convenience and is currently functional in all Motor Vehicle Offices across the state. Presently, there is a convenience fee of $1.25 plus 1% of total charge on all debit and credit card transactions and a flat $1.00 convenience fee on all e-checks. **REMINDER:  Many OMV services are available via  Save time and renew online!!!


Sheriff Louis Ackal advises that the public is now able to access crash reports from the Iberia Parish Sheriff’s Office website.  A person involved in a crash can now go to and click on the link (CRASH REPORTS ONLINE) then enter either a report number or name of person involved in crash and receive a copy of their crash report.  The cost of the report is $13.50 which can be paid online.  Sheriff Ackal has implemented this service to better assist the public. 


Toddler Time Returns to the Library in October!   

Are you looking for a program to share with your little ones ages 24-35 months? Iberia Parish Library’s Toddler Time is back this fall starting on October 1st at 10:30 a.m. This eight-week program happens on every Wednesday morning at the Main Library until November 19th. Here, you and your child can listen to stories, make easy crafts, enjoy finger plays, and sing along to songs. Did we mention that this is absolutely FREE? Registration is required; please call the Main Library at 364.7134. Make sure to rise and shine early, and come Wednesday mornings to Toddler Time at the Iberia Parish Library.



Come. Sit. Knit.

The Parkview Branch Library would like to extend a warm welcome to teens and adults 13 and older to Sit and Knit. It doesn’t matter whether you’re a new knitter or a needle master; you’re invited to join others in a knit-a-thon every Tuesday at 6:00 PM. The fun starts October 7th and will continue for several months. For more information, call the Parkview Branch at (337) 364-7480. New members are encouraged to attend and are always welcome. Supplies are not provided.


Iberia Parish Library Introduces Freegal Music Service!

The Iberia Parish Library is proud to announce their newest service through Freegal Music. Freegal gives library patrons access to millions of songs from over 10,000 labels including the Sony Music catalog by just using their library card. It is absolutely FREE and requires no software downloading. The best part about it is that the song is theirs to keep. The link is on the library’s home page,  It is 100% internet based, and can be accessed from home, the library, or any other place that has an internet connection. For more information on this free service, you can always call the Main Library at 364.7024.



 IPAL Announces 2014-2015 Season

                 The Iberia Performing Arts League is pleased to announce its 2014-2015 regular Theater Season.  This Season will include two dramatic plays and three musical productions of various types sure to please every taste. IPAL performs in the historic Essanee Theater in New Iberia, La. With a large theater seating 200, and a modern light and sound system, IPAL is able to offer the Iberia Community and surrounding areas top notch theater in a pleasant environment.  All IPAL plays run Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings at 7:30 with a Sunday Matinee at 3:00

                  IPAL’s grand spring musical will be “The Drowsy Chaperone” by Bob Martin and Don McKellar with music by Lisa Lambert.   This musical comedy is a parody of American musical comedy of the 1920s. The story concerns a middle-aged musical theatre fan; as he plays the record of his favorite musical, the (fictional) 1928 hit The Drowsy Chaperone, it actually comes to life in his apartment. The musical score is jazzy, the humor is constant, the IPAL orchestra will be in the pit and IPAL will do its “magic” again.  The show was nominated for every major Tony Award in 2006 and won the Tony award for Best Book of a Musical and Best Original Score. “The Drowsy Chaperone” also won the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Musical as well as many other awards.  It runs three weeks March 6-22, 2015 and will be directed by Travis Guillory.

                Rounding off IPAL’s 2014-2015 Season will be “The Rainmaker” by N. Richard Nash.  Set in dust bowl Oklahoma, the  play has been described as insightful, comedic and romantic. A charming confidence trickster named Starbuck arrives and promises to bring rain in exchange for $100. His arrival changes many-a-life. The 1956 movie of the drama starred Burt Lancaster as Starbuck and Katherine Hepburn as Lizzie Curry. The play will be directed by Dianne Moss and runs May 28-June 7, 2015

                Both individual and Season Tickets are available for all IPAL productions. Tickets are $10 for regular plays and for the Christmas show, $15 for “Godspell” (student discounts with ID), and $20 for “The Drowsy Chaperone.” A block of Season Tickets can be purchased for $60 which saves patrons $5 on individual prices and provides advance assigned seating for The Drowsy Chaperone.  For ticket information contact IPAL at 337-364-6114 and leave name and return phone number. Season tickets can also be obtained at or by visiting IPAL’S website .





Construction on Lewis Street, between Dale Street and Twenty Arpent Road, will begin Tuesday, November 25, 2014 and continue for approximately four weeks, depending on weather.  There will be a lane closure during this portion of the work, but only during working hours of 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. on weekdays.  Access to business will be maintained.  Please follow the posted construction signs. E.B. Feucht & Sons apologizes in advance for any inconvenience or any disruptions this closure may cause.


Recycling and Bulky Waste pick-up schedule

The City of New Iberia will not host the Hazardous Waste Day this year.  The following information should be valuable to those residents wishing to dispose of items in an environmentally friendly manner.  The following items can be dropped off at these vendors: recyclelocations.pdf

Allied Waste announced that beginning the week of January 6th, recycling will be picked up every other week on the same day of the week as your garbage,

Gordon Disposal announced a change in the yard waste, furniture and light construction debris collection schedule for its customers in the City of New Iberia.  As part of a new contract with the City, curbside collection of yard waste and debris will be twice per month instead of weekly, effective December 3, 2012.  Service for residents north of the railroad tracks will be on the 1st and 3rd week of the month.  Residents south of the railroad tracks will be serviced on the 2nd and 4th week of the month.  There will not be a set day per household.  Residents are asked to place items at the curb on Sunday night.  Gordon’s will begin picking up on Monday and continue through the week until collection is complete. For questions or concerns please call the Mayor’s office at (337) 369-2300.



Iberia Parish President Government would like to announce the immediate closure of Hayes Road, at the bridge that crosses the Hayes Canal. It will remain closed until further notice. No local traffic will be allowed. Iberia Parish Government apologizes for any inconveniences that these bridge repairs may cause.

Iberia Parish Government would like to announce the immediate closure of John Lewis Road, at the bridge that crosses the Weeks Canal. It will remain closed until further notice. No local traffic will be allowed. Iberia Parish Government apologizes for any inconveniences that these bridge repairs may cause.


Iberia Parish government announces the closure of South Grand Prairie Road, between South Highway 90 Frontage Road and Highway 14, beginning Thursday, July 17, 2014. This closure is necessary for work crews to perform road improvements and drainage work. No thru traffic will be allowed until the completion of the project, which is expected to last approximately 100 days, weather permitting. Emergency access will be available from South Highway 90 Frontage Road only. Iberia Parish Government apologizes for any inconvenience that this closure may cause. 



DOTD announces plans to pursue design-build construction for I-49 South project in St. Mary Parish

Monday, July 07, 2014 9:13 AM

JEANERETTE, La. – Today, Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development Secretary Sherri H. LeBas announced plans to move forward with the construction of I-49 South by pursuing a design-build contract for the construction of the U.S.90/La. 318 interchange in St. Mary Parish.
“The completion of I-49 South is a priority for the state,” said Secretary LeBas. “We’re able to pursue innovative ways, such as the design-build method, to move us one step closer to achieving our goal of upgrading U.S. 90 to interstate standards."
Earlier today, DOTD issued a Notice of Intent (NOI) seeking a design-build firm to construct the next section of I-49 South, the U.S. 90/La. 318 interchange in St. Mary Parish. The NOI can be viewed on DOTD’s website.
The proposed project includes upgrading the existing U.S. 90 and La. 318 signalized intersection to a full control of access, grade-separated interchange including the reconstruction of the U.S. 90 frontage roads to provide local access to La. 318. As part of the plan, the project would improve connectivity for industrial and freight transport to the sugar mill and port-related industries, as well as increase capacity and improve overall mobility.
The estimated project cost is $55M - $65M and will be funded by a combination of federal and state funds. The contract is expected to be executed in June, 2015 and completed in three years.
Additionally, in December 2013, DOTD announced the winning bid for another I-49 South design-build project in Lafayette Parish. The $57.1 million project will widen U.S. 90 along the U.S. 90/I-49 South corridor from north of Ambassador Caffery Parkway to Albertson’s Parkway in Lafayette Parish. The contract was executed in February 2014. The project is estimated to begin construction by the end of this month and completed in three years.
Since 2008, the state has invested $6.4 billion in more than 7,000 miles of Louisiana’s roadways. This total includes $638 million towards transportation along the U.S. 90 corridor and approximately $14 million in St. Mary Parish.




NEW IBERIA, La. --- The Iberia Parish Convention & Visitors Bureau invites you to experience our famous attractions, world renowned cuisine, contagious music, sizzling events and people who never meet a stranger. Join us and savor the difference in Iberia Parish!


Dec. 1 - 20, 2014 Spanish Festival Exhibit - The installation will feature a complete and genuine Flamenco costume and several other artifacts and authentic pieces brought to New Iberia from the Malaga region of Spain. Bayou Teche Museum, 131 E. Main St., New Iberia, Thurs. - Sat. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., 337-606-5977,,

Dec. 1 - 31, 2014 - Window Wonderland - Storefront windows on New Iberia's Historic Main Street play host to festive Blue Magic on Main holiday themes through the merry season. Shops on Main Street will decorate their window fronts in a 1930s art deco Christmas card theme and shops will have Shop Berry Blue deals. New Iberia Historic Main Street, 337-378-9469.

Dec. 1 - 31, 2014 Victorian Christmas at the Joseph Jefferson Home & Rip Van Winkle Gardens - Tours of the Joseph Jefferson Home decorated for the holiday season. Rip Van Winkle Gardens, 5505 Rip Van Winkle Rd., New Iberia, daily 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., 337-359-8525,,

Dec. 1 - 31, 2014 Iberia Parish Library Events - Check  for details. Iberia Parish Library, 445 E. Main St., New Iberia, 337-364-7150, 

Dec. 20, 23, 27, 30, 2014 - Teche Area Farmers Market -

Experience our harvest of delicious, locally grown produce and homemade products by area farmers, artists and crafters. Also included are handcrafted cypress yard objects, bread and fresh baked goods, ceramics, honey, jellies, jams, herbs, candies, wooden bowls and utensils, birdhouses, garden benches and much more. Bouligny Plaza, 102 W. Main St., New Iberia, Tues. 2:30 - 6 p.m., Sat. 7 - 11 a.m., 337-369-2330,

Dec. 18, 2014  BestLife Iberia Flash Market - Mobile farmers market. Check their website for additional dates and locations. First United Methodist Church Ministries Center, 211 W. St. Peter St., New Iberia, Thurs. 4 - 6 p.m., 337-367-0834,

Dec. 27, 2014 - Showtunes Sing-Along - Envision daBerry invites everyone to participate in belting their favorite musicals in a piano lounge-style setting. Free admission. Des Amis Dining and Catering, 225 W. Main St., New Iberia, Sat. 7 - 11 p.m.,,

For more information on parish events call the Iberia Parish Convention and Visitors Bureau at 337-365-1540 or visit  


Upcoming Events Around the Cajun Coast! - St. Mary Tourist Commission
We are now open to the public at our new location! Come by and visit us!
900 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Morgan City, LA 70380
800.256.2931 | 985.380.8224 

Now through December 31st

Christmas on the Cajun Coast will be held throughout St. Mary Parish.  

Contact 985-380-8224 for more information, or visit 


Victorian Christmas at the Grevemberg House with Victorian style tree and seasonal greenery will be held daily (closed Christmas Eve and Day) from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Franklin by the historic district for $10 per person, $8 for seniors.  Contact 337-828-2092 for more information.


December 20th

Patterson Policeman's Ball will be held at 8 p.m. at the Patterson Area Civic Center. Contact 985-395-8313 for more information.


December 21st

The Annual Christmas Cantata will be held at 10 a.m. at Pharr Chapel on Federal Avenue in Morgan City. Contact 985-384-7984 for more information.


December 24th

A Christmas Eve Dance will be held at 10 p.m. at the Patterson Area Civic Center. Contact 985-395-8313 for more information.





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