Mardi Gras, Parishwide - February or March
Cypress Sawmill Festival, Patterson - April
Poisson d'arme (Garfish) Festival, Baldwin - May
Shrimp and Petroleum Festival, Morgan City - Labor Day weekend
Tourism and Recreation
There is something for everyone to enjoy in this diverse parish. Antebellum homes, swamp gardens, swamp tours, an aviation museum, festivals and fairs are just the start. All types of fishing are within easy access. Lakes and bayous, plus the Atchafalaya Basin, offer a variety of freshwater catches. Saltwater species can be found in coastal waters bordering the parish. Easy access to the Gulf of Mexico is available, which makes crabs, shrimp and, of course, our beloved crawfish, readily available. Seasonal hunting for birds or game is another attraction. We even have an alligator season! In addition, recreational parks provide boat launches, campsites and golf courses.
Black Bear Refuge
The primary mission of Bayou Teche NWR is to preserve and manage habitat for the Louisiana black bear. This threatened species is a rare and special animal of national interest, as shown by the dedication of federal dollars to buy the 9,040-acre property. Only about 300 Louisiana black bears exist, and they are found only in three small areas of Louisiana. St. Mary and Iberia parishes are one of those areas and are home to about 100 of these bears. Other goals of this refuge are to provide habitat for other fish and wildlife species, environmental education and opportunity for public recreation such as hunting, fishing, boating, bird and wildlife watching, and photography.
Would you like to know more? Please visit:
Atchafalaya.org for information on the nation's largest river swamp and its heritage. It also contains information on "Experience Atchafalaya Days" held each October.
Cajun Coast for more information about our beautiful and diverse parish.
St. Mary Parish School Board for information on St. Mary Parish public schools.