Road Trip 2013 - St. Martin Parish

Bonjour de Pont Breaux! Get ready to tap your toes and crave some crawfish – 9News this Morning is headed to Breaux Bridge, in beautiful St. Martin Parish! We'll be broadcasting live from Parc Hardy on Rees St. from 5-7am.

Did you know Breaux Bridge is an actual bridge? It's "Breaux's Bridge," or "pont Breaux," actually. As in, the bridge built by Acadian pioneer Firmin Breaux back in the 1700's.

The town has come a long way since then, but you can bet it hasn't lost its Cajun roots. That's apparent in the two things people all over the world know Breaux Bridge for – it's music, and it's food. Lauren Westbrook visited with recording artists Hunter Hays and Yvette Landry, and watched as the youngest generation learned to craft their love of music. Diane Deaton follows that up with a taste of downtown – and it's great shopping and arts district.

We mentioned food. Our resident foodie Jeff Morrow went in search of some of St. Martin's best. And boy, did he find it!

So what is Cajun, anyway? A person, a language, a way of life? Matt Williams gets to the bottom of it, with a visit to the Acadian Memorial in St. Martinville.

Ready to visit St. Martin Parish yet? One of the parish's biggest tourist draws is access to some of the state's best campgrounds. Johnny Ahysen checks out why so many people check-in to Cajun Palms.

When things heat up, Louisianians hit the water. Graham Ulkins takes a trip down one of the area's most picturesque waterways.

Of course, most people know Breaux Bridge as the Crawfish Capital of the World, which is why we timed our visit to coincide with the annual Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival. Even at 5:00 in the morning we're going to take advantage of all the festival has to offer – You won't want to miss Diane taking part in the crawfish races, or Johnny chowing down in the crawfish eating contest!

Locals and visitors are invited to join 9News this Morning Friday from 5-7am at Parc Hardy, the site of the 2013 Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival. Also joining our crew: Crawfish Festival royalty, the Ecrevettes dancers, cheerleaders and dancers from Breaux Bridge High School, Superintendent-elect Lottie Beebe, the St. Martin Parish Sheriff's Department, Parish President Guy Cormier, Breaux Bridge Mayor Jack Dale Delhomme, St. Martin Parish Farm Bureau president Mike Melancon, Nicole Patin from the Tour du Teche, T.E.C.H.E Project founder Blake Couvillon, State Rep. Mike Huval, and other community leaders.

Throughout the show, enjoy live music from Yvette Landry and the talented students from Brazos Huval School of Music, and a community couche couche breakfast courtesy of the St. Martin Parish Tourist Commission and the Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival Association.

We hope you'll join us when 9News this Morning: Road Trip heads to Breaux Bridge!