May 9, 2022

Press Release: White Boot Storytelling & the Porch Life Debut at White Boot Stroll this Spring

Festival season returns to Louisiana’s Bayou Country with the White Boot Stroll! We kick off the weekend on Friday, May 27, with live music from Louis Michot and the Michot Melody Makers at the Porch Life down Church Street in Downtown Houma from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. followed by the arts and culture festival on Saturday, May 28, from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. in Historic Downtown Houma.

The White Boot Stroll festival is a chance to experience true, authentic Cajun culture in an atmosphere that welcomes you as one of our own. People travel miles down to get a taste of our rich and delicious cuisine, to find cultural keepsakes in the forms of arts and crafts and this year, they will be the first to experience our Cajun heritage filled with different languages and traditions through the spoken words of locals at the White Boot Storytelling.

We use storytelling as a vehicle to connect to our past, share ideas and help us grow as a community. Learn all about the hardships and triumphs that paved the way for many in our community as we use storytelling to define and connect us as a Bayou community. And what better place to house our storytelling event than at our new White Boot Stroll attraction – the Porch Life.

Created in the same spirit as its parent project, Music Box Village in New Orleans, Porch Life is a two and a half story mobile musical house full of playable musical architecture. Porch Life is a communal “front porch” for local community members to tell their stories first and foremost, but it was also designed to be played by the public and professional musicians alike to improvise, compose and create new music from the sounds of the neighborhoods and homes we inhabit.

Storytelling Lineup:

Houma Nation Chief Creppel | Prayer and Song
Travion Smith | Greetings, White Boot Story
Parish President Gordon Dove | Q&A
Monique Verdin | Master Storyteller
Jonathan Foret | Folklore and Rougarou
Kim Chauvin | Shrimping in Houma
Gene Herbert | Duck Carving
Margie Scoby | Finding Our Roots
Rob Coonoyer | Life and Music
Everybody’s Favorite Twins | Introduction to Houma