Bayou Teche Black Bear Festival
Is one of the youngest, yet ever growing festivals in St Mary Parish. Making its debut in 2004 on the banks of the beautiful and historic waterway that bears part of its name, the Bayou Teche Bear Festival, renamed the Bayou Teche Black Bear Festival, has gained momentum and expanded its mission. With the response of volunteer participation, throughout the community, each year the festival promises to be better.
The mission of the festival continues to be the development of an eco-friendly environment for the endangered black bear population that resides in St. Mary Parish.
The goals of the festival include:
Raising awareness by educating residents of the Louisiana black bear population and its environment in St. Mary Parish
Assisting with the development of recreational opportunities at the Bayou Teche Wildlife Refuge
Developing and cultivating an appreciation and respect for the environment
Providing another opportunity for economic development in St. Mary Parish