Mardi Gras Boat Parade
When: usually the weekend prior to Mardi Gras each year
Where: begins at Marie's Marina and travels South on the Tchefuncte River
What: The Krewe of Tchefuncte has floated this parade of 20-30 decorated boats for over 20 years. It is a boat parade that cruises the Tchefuncte River in Madisonville, Louisiana, and celebrates maritime life on the historic river.
Wooden Boat Festival
When: October each year
Where: on the river front in Madisonville
What: Featuring one of the largest gatherings of antique and classic wooden watercraft on the entire Gulf of Mexico with over 100 participants, the Wooden Boat Festival draws boating enthusiasts from all over the area. Marine exhibitors, artisans, kid's workshops and the "Quick and Dirty Boat Building Contest" round out a day of family fun.
Santa Claus Boat Parade
When: December of each year
Where: Town Hall
What: Old St. Nick comes to Madisonville via boat on the Tchefuncte River and presents Christmas goodies to the children at Town Hall.
Where: 201 Cedar Street
What: The Madisonville Museum is located in the historic Madisonville Courthouse. Erected in 1911, the museum and giant oak shadowing its entrance are on the National Registry of Historic Places. Madisonville and Civil War history are displayed along with wildlife and Indian culture.
Lake Pontchartrain Basin Maritime Museum
Where: 133 Mabel Drive
What: Located on the banks of the scenic Tchefuncte River in Madisonville, the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Maritime Museum takes you on a historic journey through maritime Louisiana.The museum brings Louisiana’s maritime history to life through unique interpretive programs, exhibits, and publications. These programs include the time honored craft of boat building, hands-on field trips, constructing underwater robots, lighthouse overnights, and other exciting educational opportunities for people of all ages.
Where: Water Street
What: A popular weekend stop for families of all ages to admire the boats visiting the area or the river meandering slowly along, the riverfront has long been a hub of activity, important since before the Civil War. The riverfront is used for functions throughout the year such as the Wooden Boat Festival, Cruisin' on the River Car Show, Acoustic String Jam, Dragon Boat Festival, and various boat parades.
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