Zydeco Picnic festival date set for Memorial Day weekend
Published 12:00 am Wednesday, February 14, 2001
Wednesday, February 14, 2001
The Natchez Democrat
VIDALIA, La. – Those attending the first Zydeco Picnic in
Vidalia later this spring should be prepared for a spicy mix of
Louisiana music and food, event promoter Eric Glatzer said Tuesday.
The event, to be held May 26 on the Vidalia riverfront, will
feature such regional favorites as fried seafood, crawfish and
red beans and rice.
Guitar equipment, jewelry and other merchandise will be sold
from booths, said Glatzer, owner of World Blues Festivals.
&uot;I&160;haven’t started booking bands yet, since we’re
just making the announcement now,&uot;&160;Glatzer said. But
he added that five to six bands will be booked for the event.
Holding the festival on Memorial Day weekend means it will
not conflict with the Natchez Bluff Blues Fest, which is held
in April and is also promoted by Glatzer.
And those associated with the Zydeco Picnic said they believe
the event will serve to attract more tourists not just to Vidalia,
but to the Miss-Lou as a whole.
&uot;It’s going to bring more people into our whole area and
will be tremendous economic boost,&uot; said Vidalia Mayor Hyram
Copeland added that town officials are also working to recruit
a bluegrass festival to the riverfront, although he would not
name the group promoting that event.
As far as the Zydeco Picnic is concerned, Glatzer said he has
been planning the festival for about four years and is interested
in making it an annual event.
&uot;I was just waiting to get the Natchez Bluff Blues Fest
off the ground before I started doing this,&uot;&160;said Glatzer,
adding that town officials have cooperated well with him to coordinate
the Vidalia event.
Glatzer said he hopes to promote the Zydeco Picnic through
print, television and radio advertising and on the Festivals.com