Pics from the Central City Boucherie, Day 1! Select a pic to start the slideshow. Photographer: Amy Diaz

Event Info


8:00AM – 12:00PM La Bande de Plaquemine Brûlée
12:00PM – 12:15 PM (DJ)
12:15PM – 1:45PM Big Easy Playboys (first set)
1:45PM – 2:30PM (DJ)
2:30PM – 4:00PM Big Easy Playboys (second set)
4:00PM – 5:00PM (DJ)
5:00PM – 6:30PM La Recolte (first set)
6:30PM – 7:30PM (DJ)
7:30PM – 9:00PM La Recolte (second set)
9:00PM – 10:00PM (DJ)


10:00AM – 11:15AM Pas Bon Playboys (first set)
11:15AM – 11:45AM (DJ)
11:45AM – 1:00PM Pas Bon Playboys (second set)
1:00PM – 1:30PM (DJ)
1:30PM – 2:45PM Cameron Dupuy & the Cajun Troubadours (first set)
2:45PM – 3:15PM (DJ)
3:15PM – 4:30PM Cameron Dupuy & the Cajun Troubadours (second set)
4:30PM – 5:30PM (DJ)
5:30PM – 7:00PM Lost Bayou Ramblers

While food is the dominate reason for the boucherie, it also serves as a cohesive element amongst the participants. Men and women work together in unison, coordinating tasks in order to meet the goal of feeding everyone. Recipes are shared, tips and best practices are exchanged, and knowledge is transferred from one person to the next.

Along with sharing and eating delicious food, music is another important social aspect of the boucherie. Impromptu jam sessions spring up around the tents: accordions, fiddles, guitars, upright basses, and even drums and banjos suddenly appear with their tantalizing sounds reverberating all around. The air is also filled with veilelle — discourse among friends new and old. Old bonds are reinforced and new ones are created. Ideas are exchanged, and synergy is being created as people revel in the sounds and smells around them: meat browning in a large chaudiere noir, grease popping in the graton pot, the sound of a spoon scraping against metal as roux is being stirred. Beer is being consumed in copious amounts, smiles abound everywhere, and there is dancing and laughter.

Dusk eventually comes, and with it the rope lights bring clarity anew to the tents. The party carries over into the night, where some of the participants are slightly inebriated, others more so. A fire is started. Conversation carries on into the night, and a large, beautiful moon shines its light down in the field, showering everyone with luminance.