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Festival International kicks off

This much anticipated start to Festival International de Louisiane kicked off Wednesday evening.

It's the 28th annual celebration that brings in people from around the world. Many were in Downtown Lafayette enjoying the delicious food and zydeco music. Festival Board President, Craig Minnick, said this is one event that should not be missed. "You can't do any better with all of these stages and all of these great community people coming out to have a great time," said Minnick. Executive Director, Missy Paschke-Wood said Wednesday's festivities focused on the locals with a couple Louisiana favorites performing.

"We had Keith Frank and Geno Delefosse perform. Two Louisiana favorites playing on the Lafayette General Fais Do Do stage for our opening night of festival. We're really, really excited," said Paschke-Wood. Of course when coming to festival one cannot come without trying the savory cuisine. "We have Blue Dog Cafe, Freetown Fries and Lagneauxs. We're very excited to have those guys here. They're repeat vendors," said Minnick, Festival Board Director. Organizers have also made it easier for festival goers to make it onto festival grounds.

"The easiest way to get down here is the shuttle, which is the Super Chevy Shuttle this year. You can just park at Cajun Field and we actually have two drop-offs this year," said Paschke-Wood. Paschke-Wood said the year-round work that it takes to put the festival together is all worth it in the end. "This is like the big pay-off. Right now is where the excitement is crackling. Everyone is so excited," said Paschke-Wood.

Festivities will take place until Sunday, April 27th. The festival line-up can be found at www.festivalinternational.com
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