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Delcambre Firefighter’s 1st Annual Shrimp Cook-off June 27, 2015 | Shrimp Festival Grounds - Now looking for teams


  • WHO: Shadows-on-the-Teche    

  • WHAT: Origins and Evolution of African American Music in Louisiana 

  • WHEN: Thursday, June 4, 2015 at 6 p.m.   

  • WHERE: 320 E. Main St., New Iberia, La.  

Dr. Joyce Jackson, from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, will present a concluding program to the events related to the Art & Shadows Celebration held this spring at Shadows-on-the-Teche. Dr. Jackson is an ethnomusicologist who has researched the origins of African American music in Africa and Haiti. She is the director of the African and African American Studies Program and an associate professor in the Department of Geography and Anthropology at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. She received her Ph.D in Folklore and Ethnomusicology from Indiana University in Bloomington. Her key interests center on African American music and culture and she has conducted extensive ethnographic research on gospel music. Jackson has been instrumental in the production of several documentary recordings and authored several interpretive liner note booklets published by Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, Capitol Records, Inc. and Louisiana Folklife Recording Series.
Jackson's other research is based on performance-centered studies of rituals in Africa and the African diaspora such as the a Ndupp healing ceremonies in Senegal, West Africa, the Black Mardi Gras Indians and the Baptist Easter Rock traditions in northern carnival Louisiana where she produced a documentary film called "Easter Rock."
Jackson has also examined the sacred rushing tradition in the Bahamas and traditions in Trinidad and Haiti to coincide with her research and forthcoming book on the New Orleans Mardi Gras Indians. In addition to her West African research, she has directed the LSU in Sénégambia Academic Program Abroad and taken student groups to Senegal, Gambia and Ghana. She is currently developing an academic study abroad ethnographic field school in Jacmel, Haiti.
This program is open to anyone who wishes to attend; however, those interested should call (337) 369-6446 for seating reservations or email


Household Waste Day Iberia Parish Residents Only - NO Commercial Waste Accepted IDs will be checked

 (Rescheduled) Saturday, May 30, 2015 9:00 am to 2:00 pm Courthouse Parking Lot (Rear) Corner Pershing & Providence Streets



NEW IBERIA – South Louisiana Community College's New Iberia campus is offering a host of courses this summer that can help students get a jumpstart on their college career. These courses can help high school seniors going to college this Fall or college students who are home for the summer. Many of these courses transfer to any four-year university in the state. A sampling of these courses include: 

  •                                  Survey of the Arts II 

  •                                 Rhetoric & Composition 

  •                                 Composition & Critical Thought 

  •                                 Introduction to Literature 

  •                                 Southern Literature 

  •                                 Communications Principles

  •                                 World Geography 

  •                                 World Civilizations I 

  •                                 World Civilizations II 

  •                                 College Algebra 

  •                                 Calculus I & II

  •                                 Music Appreciation 

  •                                 Introduction to Psychology 

  •                                 Fundamentals of Human Communication 

  •                                 Fundamentals of Human Communication 

  •                                 Gas Metal Arc Welding

  •                                 Manufacturing Procedures

For a complete list of summer classes or to enroll, call (337) 373-0172 or email


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. 



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.



The Greater Iberia Chamber of Commerce is hosting an invitation for artists to enter to design The World Championship Gumbo Cook-off poster design for 2015. Acrylic, oil or computer illustration designs must be presented, untitled, by June 24th at 4:30PM. There is no criteria in terms of artist age or schooling, but specifics on design can be found on the Greater Iberia Chamber of Commerce website or can be emailed to you by calling the office at (337) 364-1836. They can also be found here. Winner will have their artwork be the annual poster for the event and will pre-sign copies for sale for the festival as well as receive a $500 cash reward.


IPAL to hold Summer Youth Theater Activities

           Summer is the time for fun activities for youth and as part of its yearly program IPAL will again hold a summer youth musical and a Theater Camp.  The Theater Camp is for kids aged 6-9, and the musical is for those aged 10-18.  According to IPAL president Kim Monroe, “Getting young people involved in theater is one of IPAL’s  goals. It provides unique experiences, builds great friendships, and gives an appreciation of the arts and in particular theater which is invaluable.” IPAL’s Summer Theater Camp will be held July 20-24, 2015 from 9-12 a.m. Students ages 6-9 will have an opportunity learn about theater, costumes, makeup, acting, singing and dancing, as well as some technical aspects of theater. Cost of the camp is $100 per child.  There are a limited number of spaces available, and the form is available by contacting Anne Caffery via email at   or Lanie Marcantel at Those interested may also email to This year’s theme is Aladdin. IPAL’s summer youth musical, Hairspraywill be presented July 16-26, 2015.  Anyone with questions may contact Vincent at or telephone him at 337-519-0865.

IPAL Concludes 2014-2015 Season

                 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

                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. 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 .

IPAL Announces 2015-2016  Season

                The Iberia Performing Arts League is pleased to announce its 2015-2016 regular Theater Season.  This Season will include two dramatic plays and three musical productions with live music of various types and is sure to please every taste as theatergoers enjoy “Broadway on the Bayou.” IPAL performs in the historic Essanee Theater in New Iberia, La. With a theater seating capacity of nearly 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. Opening the 2015-2016 Season will be “A Raisin in the Sun” by Lorraine Hansberry. This groundbreaking drama starred Sidney Poitier, Claudia McNeill, Ruby Dee and Diana Sands in the Broadway production which opened in 1959.  In this American classic, the plot revolves around the divergent dreams and conflicts within three generations of the Younger family. The show will be directed by Phanat Xanamane and will run Sept 10-20, 2015.   Following the season opener will be a musical, “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change” with  book and lyrics by Joe DiPietro and music by Jimmy Roberts.  It is the second longest running “Off-Broadway” show of all times (after only “The Fantastics”). The show’s tagline is “Everything you have ever secretly thought about dating, romance marriage, lovers, husbands, wives and in-laws, but were afraid to admit.” Told through a series of vignettes, the musical follows two couples through life. It will be directed by Dianne Moss and will run October 29 –November, 2015.  For Mature Audiences Only. Next up in IPAL’s season will be an original IPAL production, “A USO Christmas Show” which will be encored this season. According to director, Kim Monroe, “The show was such a hit last year, we had to turn people away at the door! There are many who never got to see it. And just like pulling out all those old Christmas albums or CDs, many will want to see it again.“ The setting will be a naval base in the 40’s or 50’s!  It’s a sure fire bet that those Christmas Classics will be included, along with special guests and specialty acts.  This encore presentation will run only one weekend, December 3-6, 2015,  and will again be directed by Kim Monroe. IPAL’s grand spring musical will be “Jesus Christ, Superstar” with music by the extraordinary Andrew Lloyd Weber and lyrics by Tim Rice. This ”rock-opera” is loosely based on the Gospels’ accounts of the last week of Jesus’ life. What began as a concept album in 1970 was turned into a Broadway musical by 1971 and a movie by 1973. It was nominated for five Tony Awards. For this epic show, the IPAL orchestra will be in the pit and IPAL will do its “magic” again.  “Jesus Christ, Superstar” runs three weeks March 4-20, 2016 and will be directed by Katherine Caffery. Rounding off IPAL’s 2015-2016 Season will be “Out of Sight, Out of Murder” by Fred Carmichael. In the hilarious story, Peter Knight is grinding out a murder story in an old mansion where another  author was murdered years before. A weird electrical storm affects a cosmic snafu, and his characters come to life. Peter loses control of his characters and there is another murder! Directed by Donna Berard, the show will provide a fun finale to this wonderful season June 2-12, 2016. Both individual and Season Tickets are available for these IPAL productions. Tickets are $10 for regular plays, $15 for the Christmas Musical and  “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change” and $20 for “Jesus Christ, Superstar.” A block of Season Tickets can be purchased for $65 which saves patrons $5 on individual prices, provides advance assigned seating for “Jesus Christ, Superstar”, and allows the season ticket holder to vote in IPAL’s new Award Program. 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 . IPAL is sponsored in part by a Grant from the Louisiana State Arts Council through the Louisiana Division of the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts as administered by the Acadiana Center for the Arts.




Recycling pick-up 2015 schedule

Bulky Waste pick-up 2015 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

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.







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!


March 1 - June 30, 2015 - George Rodrigue Comes Home: Under Iberia's Oak Trees - A fine art exhibit by New Iberia native the late George Rodrigue. Bayou Teche Museum, 131 W. Main St., New Iberia, Wed. - Sat. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., 337-606-5977,,

May 1 - 31, 2015 - SugArena @ Acadiana Fairgrounds Events - Check SugArena's website calendar for upcoming events. SugArena @ Acadiana Fairgrounds, 713 NW Bypass (Hwy. 3212), New Iberia, 337-365-7539,,

May 1 - 31, 2015 Iberia Parish Library Events - Check  for details. Iberia Parish Library, 445 E. Main St., New Iberia, 337-364-7150, 

May 26, 30, 2015 - 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,

May 27, 2015 - GLC Farmers Market - Local farmers selling produce, plants, honey, homemade pies and other items grown locally. Grass-fed beef, pork and lamb are also available at the meat market during this time. GLC Meat Market, 211 N. Main St., Loreauville, Wed. 2 - 6 p.m., 337-577-9160,,

May 25 2015 - Memorial Day Ceremony- A celebration commemorating all of our fallen soldiers with flag ceremony, 21 gun salute and harmony of patriotic music. Bouligny Plaza, 102 W. Main St., New Iberia, 6 - 8 p.m., 337-344-9397.

May 28, 2015 - Acadiana Growers Alliance Farmers Market - Selling fresh produce and baked goods on the last Thursday of each month. For details, go For additional "flash" (pop-up) market dates and locations, check First United Methodist Church Ministries Center, 211 W. St. Peter St., New Iberia, Thurs. 4 - 6 p.m., 337-367-0838.

May 28 - June 7, 2015 - Iberia Performing Arts League Presents, "The Rainmaker" -Live theatre production, concessions. Essanee Theater, 126 Iberia St., New Iberia, Thurs. - Fri. 7:30 - 10 p.m. & Sun. 3 - 5:30 p.m., 337-364-6114,

May 30, 2015 - 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


May 29

"Rhythms on the River" weekly live music series will have Chubby Carrier & The Bayou Swamp Band from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. downtown Front Street Morgan City between Freret & Everett Streets.  Contact 985-384-9291, 385-1770 or log on for more information.


St. Mary's Got Talent will be held at 7 p.m. at the Teche Theatre for the Performing Arts in Franklin.  Contact 337-366-1845 or log for more information.


May 30

AGA Member-Guest Golf Tournament will be held with 8 a.m. shotgun start at the Atchafalaya Golf Course at Idlewild in Patterson.  Contact 985-395-4653 or log on for more information.


Relay for Life - West St. Mary Parish will be held from 12 p.m. to midnight in Franklin.  Contact 337-578-2537, 519-2497 or log on for more information.


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 





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