OPELOUSAS, LA - The City of Opelousas, Zydeco Music Capital of the World, hosts the 18th Annual Zydeco Breakfast on Saturday, September 4, 2021 from 9 to 11 a.m. under the beautiful oak trees surrounding the historic St. Landry Parish Courthouse Square. This year, attendees and music lovers will experience the lively performance of Lil Pookie and the Zydeco Sensations.
Local downtown businesses will feature a unique assortment of breakfast menu items for sale, from coffee and pastries to breakfast casseroles and praline chicken bites. Local downtown spots include Java Square, The Brass Rail, Chicory’s at the Palace, Back in Time and more.
Jimmy ‘Lil Pookie’ Seraile was born in the small community of Frilot Cove in St. Landry Parish. Pookie spent much of his childhood growing up around music and soon learned to play instruments himself. He watched other musicians and sneaked into local dance clubs to gain knowledge of what was already instilled in him by his grandfather, the late Delton Broussard. Broussard, an esteemed accordionist with his legendary band, Delton Broussard & the Lawtell Playboys, had a significant influence on Pookie’s decision to play music and his interest in the accordion.
Pookie gained experience and exposure traveling with the popular band, Zydeco Force. An influential band at the forefront of the nouveau zydeco movement. As his confidence grew and style developed, a loyal following of fans began to grow and the group became a popular local hit in Louisiana and Texas.
The annual downtown Zydeco Breakfast takes place the Saturday of Labor Day weekend and is held in conjunction with the Original Southwest Louisiana Zydeco Music Festival which will virtual this year and be able to viewed on television and online. Zydeco music lovers can catch the festival on September 4th at 11 a.m. from the website (www.zydeco.org), on KLFY Channel 10, and AOC Acadiana Open Channel. It will also be aired at noon on MyNetwork Channel 5 via Charter.
This year’s celebration features recorded performances by zydeco hit makers such as GRAMMY nominee Geno Delafose & French Rockin’ Boogie and GRAMMY winner Chubby Carrier & the Bayou Swamp Band. The event will include interviews with zydeco all-stars and legends which include Anthony Dopsie, Geno Delafose, Chubby Carrier, Jeffery Broussard and more.
Opelousas Tourism, with support from Opelousas Main Street, Inc., City of Opelousas and St. Landry Parish Government hosts the free event each year to get people excited about the Labor Day festival music and activities, as well as to bring awareness of the downtown district.
People attending the free Zydeco Breakfast are encouraged to bring their lawn chairs and enjoy the entertainment in a relaxed and charming setting in the heart of downtown Opelousas. Social distance guidelines will be followed. For more information about the City of Opelousas Zydeco Breakfast, call 800-524-5442, visit www.cityofopelousas.com.