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Lagniappe Day

Lagniappe Day is one of our most enduring traditions. Every April, we have canoe races in Cypress Lake, a 20,000-pound crawfish boil, and great music just for students.

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Krewe of Roux

Krewe of Roux is the University's kick-off to the Mardi Gras season. Every year, Ragin' Cajuns participate in a masquerade ball and parade that travels through campus. Following the parade, the king and queen are selected by who finds the plastic baby in king cakes.

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Downtown Alive!

Downtown Lafayette's free concert series features bands from every genre: Cajun and Creole, zydeco, rock, covers, blues, and more. Every Friday night, you'll find some of Lafayette's best musicians performing in our downtown parks at Downtown Alive!.

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