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12th International Acadiana Petanque Festival – 2020

March 20

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The following is a message from Mike LeBlanc, Capitan, La Boule Cadienne de Lafayette Petanque Club


​We will be playing petanque over an 16 day period throughout South Louisiana with a petanque tournament, training sessions in schools and universities, outings to local breweries, eating Cajun food, listening to live Louisiana music and generally passing a good time.


Opening Ceremonies - March 20 - Friday-  2:00 PM - Girard Park - Elected officials, dignitaries and other notables throw out the first boules. Come say Bonjour and be welcomed into the French speaking community on Worldwide Francophone Day.

Petanque Tournament - March 21 - Saturday - Girard Park. $25  for registration, jambalaya, and soft drinks. Maybe live music. All equipment provided. Signup begins at 8:00 AM. Play begins at 9:00 PM for elimination rounds. Chicken and Sausage Jambalaya at noon. Final and Quarter Finals in the Afternoon. Awards at 5:30. See Bernard Champey, a former petanque world champ and an official trainer from the French Ministry of Sport. All even of play welcomed. All equipment provided. Come pass a good time. 

Journée Jeurnes (Youth Day) - March 22 - Sunday - Girard Park. Free$. Maybe live music. All equipment provided. Play begins at 1:00 PM and continues to 4:00 PM. Bring something to eat, drink and share. Petanque games and French for students of all ages and their parents of French immersion classes. Others welcomed too. Coordinated by a trainer from the French Ministry of Sport, Council for the Development of French in Louisiana (CODOFIL), and Alliance Francaise de Lafayette. Bring food to share and a chair. 

Petanque at Teche Brewery, Arnaudville  - March 15  - Sunday Afternoon after 1:00 PM. All equipment provided. Beer and Petanque. Free jambalaya if you play petanque. As always, come pass a good time. 

Petanque Instruction Classes - March 11 and 12 - Girard Park - Media and public invited to observe. All can play after instruction. See our web site or Facebook page for times are finalized.


More info at and

See the attached on the press release and calendar of events.


Co-organizers of the events are a local petanque club, La Boule Cadienne de Lafayette  and French language and cultural non-profit organization, Alliance Française de Lafayette.  

Supporters include Lafayette Convention & Visitors CommissionLafayette Consolidated Government - Parks and Recreation Lafayette Co​nsolidated Government - International Center,  CODOFIL – Council for Development of French in LouisianaObut - Premiere en PetanqueCite des Arts, and Springscript Digital Marketing Boutique.

 Major support from the French national government is through the Ministry of Sports (Ministère des Sports de gouvernement national français) and from French Federation of Petanque and Games of Provence (Fédération Française de Pétanque et de Jeu Provençal)


Mike LeBlanc, Capitan

La Boule Cadienne de Lafayette Petanque Club



March 20


Girard Park
500 Girard Park Drive
Lafayette, LA 70503 United States
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