Events mark start of 2013

Several events across the Acadiana region are planned to help folks say goodbye to 2012 and ring in the new year.

In Arnaudville, the celebration starts early with a New Year’s Eve dance at 8 p.m. Saturday featuring the Art and Steve Deiorio Duo at NuNu’s, 1510 Bayou Courtableau Highway. The suggested donation is $10 and non-alcoholic drinks and refreshments will be sold. Champagne buckets are welcome.

On Monday, the New Year’s Noon Carnival and Countdown from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Children’s Museum of Acadiana features outdoor, carnival-style games and activities leading up to the “ball drop” at noon. Admission is $6 per person and tickets for outdoor carnival games, crafts and food are 25 cents.

For those whose bedtimes are a bit later, the Performing Arts Society of Acadiana will hold a cocktail attire New Year’s Eve Bash that starts at 8 p.m. Monday at 721 East Kaliste Saloom Road. It will feature live music by Krossfyre, food, complimentary wine, beer and frozen cosmos and a champagne toast at midnight. Tickets are $100 per person and may be purchased at (337) 237-2787.

At Vermilionville, Geno Delafose and French Rockin’ Boogie will play the New Year’s Eve dance. The dance starts at 8:30 p.m. Monday. Tickets are $35 and should be purchased in advance at (337) 233-4077 or online at:

Several live music venues will also be open Monday night, including Blue Moon Saloon with Sassafras Jubilee and The Bad Cats, featuring Julian and AJ Primeaux; and Grant Street Dancehall with Machete, Selfawarewolf and Quale Manifold. Also in downtown Lafayette, starting at 9 p.m., The Greenroom has a New Year’s Eve party and the Jefferson Street Pub has a “black and white party.”