Spirit of Acadiana: Become a Festival Volunteer

Festival International returns to in-person enjoyment on April 27, 2022.

But while Acadiana waits to feel the music, organizers are hoping the festival’s loyal fans will lend a hand to keep the fun coming together.

“What we have here at Acadiana is very special,” said Carly Viator, the Festival’s Director of International Marketing. “I mean, showing up to a huge music festival with five stages run by volunteers says a lot about our community.”

And the International Festival is nothing without its volunteers. And there are many volunteer niches to choose from.

“You totally choose your schedule, your shift, where you want to be and when. No pressure to work more than one shift. You can work lots of shifts if you want,” Viator said.

Festival International relies on 2,500 rotations of volunteers each year. And wherever those volunteers help, pop-up tents, merchandising, security or other venues, their value, said festival board chairman Sami Parbhoo, cannot be measured.

“Absolutely. Without our volunteers, there can be no festival,” Parbhoo said. “We have a free festival here. The reason it’s free is because of our volunteers. Without them and their help over the years, we couldn’t do this.”

This year, volunteers are needed more than ever. Some people are still a little hesitant to go out in crowds and large gatherings. So the call has gone out and Festival says everyone is welcome.

“And how they’ve stayed with us over the years, both virtual and in person, is nothing short of amazing,” Viator said. “We can’t wait to see everyone in person smiling again this year.”

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