COVID-19 put a damper on springtime fun for the entire nation this year and Lafayette is no exception. Here are five local events that were canceled, postponed or moved online due to the COVID-19 outbreak:
Lafayette Holi Fest
Students eagerly awaiting the annual opportunity to chuck color powder at their friends will need to wait, as according to the Lafayette Holi Fest Facebook page, the festival is outright canceled this year and won’t be back until March 27, 2021.
Holi is an ancient Hindu festival in India that celebrates good defeating evil. It was brought to Acadiana in 2011. Those attending Holi shouldn’t wear anything they don’t want doused in colors, as attendees throw color powder or color water at each other, depending on the celebration.
Festival International de Louisiane
COVID-19 couldn’t pick a worse time to rear its ugly head for Lafayette.
Festival International de Louisiane is an annual music festival featuring artists from around the world and is quite possibly Lafayette’s biggest claim to fame. Unfortunately, it won’t be coming this spring. You can find a virtual version of the festival on the Festival International de Louisiane’s Facebook page. According to the Festival International de Louisiane website, they are hoping to reschedule for fall 2020, but they’re unsure whether or not this will be possible.
Rhythms on the River
Rhythms on the River is a concert series in Lafayette that’s free and open to the public. It usually takes place on Thursdays in the River Ranch Town Square during spring and fall, but the spring performances have all been postponed. Thanks coronavirus!
Louisiana Comic Con
Cosplayers and comic enthusiasts will be disappointed to hear that there are currently no plans to reschedule Louisiana Comic Con 2020. The event would have taken place on March 14 and 15 in the Cajundome and would have featured 4 official cosplayers, 25 artists, 45 vendors, 7 fan groups and 15 guests, according to the Louisiana Comic Con 2020 website. Louisiana Comic Con is currently in the process of issuing refunds for those who bought tickets according to their website.
Does free live music every Sunday night in Downtown Lafayette sound like a great way to kick off your weekend? If you said yes then I have some bad news, Downtown Alive! won’t be held in person during the pandemic; however, they are still holding Downtown Alive! on their Facebook page. Steve Riley and the Riley Family Band will be performing on the Downtown Alive! Facebook page Friday at 7 p.m.