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Cajun Festival To Explore Culture, Music

Feb. 5, 2018
SHSU Media Contact: Emily Binetti


Story by Tyler Pointer

For the 16th year, Sam Houston State University will celebrate Cajun culture for the annual Spring Cajun Festival on Feb. 8 starting at 6 p.m. in Evans Building Room 105.

The festival will bring in the Jambalaya Cajun Band from Lafayette, Louisiana who kick the evening off with traditional Cajun music sung in French.

“We have community members, students, faculty and staff who come to the festival every year to partake in the rich history and Cajun culture,” Terry Thibodeaux, professor of communication studies at SHSU, said.

The symposium is open to the public, who are encouraged to ask questions and participate.

Beginning at 8 p.m., the festival will take an interactive turn in the Estill Atrium as the performances will switch to the “fais do do” traditional dance style and encourage crowd interaction.Cajun Festival jpg

Both events are free to the public.

“It’s something a lot of people haven’t seen before,” Thibodeaux said. “Mardi Gras celebration is very different outside of New Orleans and that is what you’ll see with this symposium and dance. It’s about community and family.” 

For more information, contact Thibodeaux at 936.294.1356.



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