FETE -DIEU DU TECHE
Only in Louisiana; faith and the Blessed Sacrament floating down the bayou.
Flotilla symbolizes faith and heritage.
A boat carrying the monstrance holding the Blessed Sacrament leaves the Leonville boat landing to begin the Fete-Dieu du Teche following a Mass Saturday morning at St. Leo the Great Catholic Church. For an hour Saturday morning along Bayou Teche in Arnaudville, the only sounds came from buzzing insects, calling birds and hundreds of people murmuring the prayers of the rosary. Without the drone of a nearby air conditioner, it might have sounded just that way 250 years before, when French-speaking Catholics the British expelled from Canada arrived to make new homes along its banks. The combination of history and religion made its way down the bayou during what many in attendance called the event of a lifetime, the Fete-Dieu du Teche. Dozens of party boats, cruisers and fishing vessels formed a procession that started early in the day with stops in Leonville, Arnaudville, Cecilia, Breaux Bridge and St. Martinville.
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