Thibodaux Firemen’s fair returns this weekend. Here’s what’s in store.

Susan S. Johnson

When Danny Cavell agreed to serve as grand marshal of the Thibodaux Firemen’s Fair in 2019, he didn’t realize he would spend three years in the role. 

“Three years down the road, it’s a lot different than I thought it was going to be, but it’s worked out well,” the Thibodaux attorney said. “The grand marshal has to ride the horse during the Firemen’s Fair Parade, but I’ve been thrown off twice in 2020 and 2021. So I think I’m going to be able to get on it this time.” 

Following multiple delays caused by the COVID pandemic and Hurricane Ida, the Firemen’s Fair is set to return this weekend. The four-day event, one of Thibodaux’s biggest annual festivals, will take place Thursday through Sunday at the fairgrounds, 1101 Tiger Drive.  

As always, admission and parking are free.  

The fair serves as the biggest fundraiser for the 500-member fire department. The event in 2019 drew about 100,000 visitors and raised $969,916 for the department.  

Scene from a previous Thibodaux Firemen's Fair.

“Essentially, nearly half of our operation revenue comes from the fair,” Thibodaux volunteer firefighter and fair organizer Eric Tabor said. “So having it down for two years definitely slowed things down for us. It’s a huge component.” 

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Though the department put on various fundraisers to fill the void like selling burgers and live auctions, nothing beats the fair itself, Tabor said. 

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