Sunday, April 14, 2013

Bayou St. John (NO) venue for kayak demos (April 20) and Earth Day Regatta and Festival (April 21)

     This Saturday, April 20, members of several outdoor clubs in the New Orleans area will join with a local kayak retailer for a kayak demo day and informal outdoor expo on the south bank of Bayou St. John along Moss St. across from Cabrini High School near the Magnolia pedestrian bridge.
     The event starts at 10 am and ends at 3 pm.  Club members from the Bayou Haystackers Paddling Club,  Kayakitiyak, Bayou Coast Kayak Fishing Club and the New Orleans Outdoor Meetup group, will be on hand to answer questions about where to go kayaking, canoeing and hiking within a few hours drive of  New Orleans and will demonstrate how some of the gear they use to explore the wild areas near New Orleans works.  Massey's Outdoor Outfitters will have kayaks in the water to try out.
     The next day, April 21, the Earth Day and Green Business Expo will be held on the bayou between Orleans Ave. and the end of the bayou.  Music, food and many displays will be featured during festival hours 9 am to 7:30 pm.  The music starts at 10 am.
     The Bayou Kayaks Earth Day Regatta, an event for boats made of duct tape and at least 80 percent recyclables, will be held that morning beginning with registration at 9 am.  A float test will be held at 10 am and at 11 am a short race on the Bayou will be staged.  Prizes will be given to the first place boat and the boat with the best design.  There are lots of rules and restrictions placed on materials that can be used to build the boat, which will be recycled after the event, so be sure to check for details.  Registration is $20 the day of the event, $15 if you register before race day.
UPDATE: April 22, 2013
     There was only one entry at the Earth Day Regatta.  It failed to complete the course.