Accessing Festival International for People with Disabilities

Festival International wants patrons with disabilities to have a great festival experience. Here is information to help make that happen:

Getting there:

There is plenty of free accessible parking at Cajun Field (Congress and Cajundome Blvd.) Thursday – Friday, and at Blackham Colosseum (Johnston and Cajundome Blvd.) Saturday – Sunday.

Free accessible shuttle service is provided to two stops downtown: Jefferson Street/Lee Avenue and Garfield/Buchanan. All buses are lift-equipped. Shuttles run during Festival hours and until 11:30 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, midnight on Saturday, and 8:00 p.m. on Sunday.

Parking in downtown Lafayette is very difficult during the festival. The primary accessible parking in downtown is located in the municipal parking garage on Buchanan, between W. Convent and Main St. Accessible spaces there are limited and are only available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Getting around:

Festival International is located on the streets and sidewalks of downtown Lafayette. Not all sidewalks are accessible, but many of the streets are closed to vehicles, and pedestrians walk in the street. There are accessible sidewalks along Jefferson Street, along Main St. from Buchanan to Jefferson, along E. Vermillion from Lafayette to Polk, and along the front of the federal courthouse on Lafayette St.

Accessible viewing areas:

There are viewing areas reserved for people who need accessibility features near the stage at the Scène Laborde Earles Law Firm (Fais Do Do Stage) and at the Scène LUS (International Stage). You can access the ADA seating area at the Fais Do Do stage directly from Jefferson St., and at the International Stage from the Garfield entrance.

Restrooms:

There is at least one accessible port-a-let in each bank of portable restrooms at the Festival. Patrons who do not need accessibility features of these restrooms are asked not to use them.

Feedback:

The Festival and the Lafayette Mayor-President’s Awareness Committee for Citizens with Disabilities would like your feedback about access to the festival for people with disabilities. Please feel free to email us with comments, positive or negative, at

info@festivalinternational.org
disability@lafayettela.gov

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