Paddle Down da Bayou 2014 Information

Saturday, April 26,2014, 8:00 am
Chauvin, LA, at a private launch site 
about 1/4 mi below Clearview Mini Mart (across from Buddy Stringer)

Paddlers may paddle pirogues, canoes, kayaks, or other nonmotorized small boats. All paddlers MUST wear life jackets.

Cost: $25 and children 13 yrs. and under $15.

This covers the cost of shirt, food, beverages, insurance, and entertainment.

How the Trip Will Work:

The entire paddle trip is approximately 5 miles. After leaving the launch site, paddlers will have a rest stop at Chauvin Sculpture Garden, and then proceed to the take-out site at LLMap Camp. Paddlers must then pick up their boats and drive back up the bayou to the Little Caiilou Volunteer Fire Department for the after-trip celebration.


Paddlers should arrive at the launch site by 7 am to pick up tshirts and registration packets. Only those who pre-register
before April 12 are guaranteed a t-shirt upon arrival. Late registrants may have to wait f+or a t-shirt re-order after the trip. Paddlers must leave their boats at the beginning launch site. If there is no one that can pick up the paddler at the end site, paddlers must then drive their vehicles to LLMap Camp before the event and park there. They will be shuttled back by volunteer drivers using their personal vehicles. The last shuttle will leave LLMap Camp by 7:40.


Breakfast snacks and beverages will be available at the launch site. Bottled water will be provided. A lunch will be served at the fire station, along with music, kid’s activities, and a Decorated Shrimp Boot Contest.

Download the information and registration form!

Board of Directors

Kurt, "Mayor" of Chauvin

Kurt Lirette

Born and raised in Chauvin, Louisiana, Kurt is married to Sandra Eschete and is the father of three children: Christopher, Brett, and Sydney. He was among the final graduating class of St. Joseph High School in 1972. Kurt spent 11 years on the Blond and Clyde, trawling the bayous for shrimp. Afterwards, he made his career in the oilfield, working as a production operator. In addition to serving as the president of TAP, he is also the Vice President of Bayou Grace Community Service. After helping Sydney do a family tree project in the early 2000s, he began a project of documenting and recording Chauvin’s history and genealogy. He has a collection of 1000s of photographs that form a visual history of his hometown. Exhibiting his collection regularly for the senior citizens’ club, Kurt is constantly on the lookout for new and previously hidden materials.


Linda Rigamer Lirette

Linda Rigamer Lirette married into Chauvin and considers it her home away from home. In 2005, she founded a traveling creative and performing arts workshop, Enriching Arts, which reaches children ages 3-13 across the New Orleans metropolitan area. A performing artist herself, she has starred in productions of Grease and Hair and has performed professionally throughout the region. She just completed a two year commitment as a Teach for America corps member in Newark, New Jersey.


Jason Robinson

Jason was raised in Houma and until high school admittedly knew little about Chauvin. However, during his time at South Terrebonne and since, Jason has come to know and love the town and her culture and now realizes the importance of preserving her heritage for future generations. After high school Jason attended Loyola University where he studied economics and graduated with a bachelors degree in business administration. He is now a securities-licensed personal banker with JPMorgan Chase Bank and currently lives in Houma with his wife and son.



Christopher Lirette

Christopher Lirette, originally from Chauvin, Louisiana, lives with his wife, Linda, in Atlanta, Georgia. His writing appears in The Southern Review, Hayden’s Ferry, The Journal, PANK, and Beecher’s among other online and print publication, and he writes about pop culture at his website. He just began work toward a PhD in Emory University’s Institute of Liberal Arts studying popular texts, Louisiana culture, and new media. He has an MFA from Cornell and lived in Acadie for a year on a Fulbright Grant. Chauvin will always be his first muse.


Norby Chabert

Senator Norby Chabert was elected to represent the residents of District 20 in August 2009. Senator Chabert was born and raised in Bayou Petite Caillou. He graduated from South Terrebonne High School in 1994. In 2001, he received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Government from Nicholls State University. After college, Senator Chabert began a successful government relations career. In 2006, he formed Chabert Development, LLC, a Chauvin-basedland company. Senator Chabert is an active member of the community, serving in the Houma Rotary Club, The Krewe of Hercules, the Krewe of Terranians, Knights of Columbus Council 5013, The Maple Street Park Association. He also serves as a board member on the Nicholls Colonels Athletic Foundation, The Friends of S.T.H.S., and the Leonard J. Chabert Medical Center Foundation.

5K Fun Run Registration

This year, we’ll have our second annual fun run. Also known as WE RUN DIS BAYOU. We will be taking off from the Little Caillou Fire Department (next to the festival) for two races: 1 five kilometer race and a one-mile fun run.

It begins at 7:00 a.m. on Sunday, October 13th.

To register, click here, or print out the form below and return it to Lee Lee Trosclair or Stacey Pellegrin before October 2nd for a guaranteed t-shirt and a special early-bird price of $15 dollars for the fun run and $25 for the 5K. See you there!