Dancehalls in Evangeline Parish

Teen Age Center

Terry McDaniel: “I’m from Pine Prarie, which was somehow a dry ward in the 1950s. The Rock Island Line railroad ran south through Turkey Creek, Pine Prairie, Easton, and Barber Spur on down to Mamou. Before anyone could drive, my buddies and I would jump onto south bound train cars and jump off in Mamou. We’d walk over to the Teen Age Center and go to dances. We’d usually j ...[Read More]

Evangeline Club

Evangeline Club

From Facebook group “Cajun French Virtual Table Francaise”: Herman Miller: “(I) Remember going there in late 50’s. Had a low age set for entering, just pay at the door, and they stapled a ticket on your shirt collar. You could go in and get to the bar from the dance hall to get beer. The band had a singer and guitarist with missing fingers on his left hand however; still pl ...[Read More]

Fais Do Do

Possibly the annual Cotton Festival street dance: Listed in “Readers recall clubs where they danced to Louisiana Music” from The Daily Advertiser, December 29, 1998: “Readers of The Daily Advertiser were asked to submit names of’ the clubs where they danced to Louisiana music in the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s, with a brief recollection of what the club was like and who played ...[Read More]

Kit Kat Lounge

Posted to facebook by Kim Boyce Soileau- West side of town- rock & roll- checked IDs- popular early 1980s- Kids made fake ID to get in! It was a driver’s license with no picture & I changed the date year.

Rainbow Gardens Dancehall

Rainbow Gardens Dancehall

From “Images of America: Ville Platte”, Arcadia Publishing, 2014 by Jean Keisel and Jane Vidrine: “The Rainbow Gardens dancehall stood across the street from the courthouse. It was also known as the fais-do-do. The entrance fee was 25 cents when Octave Fuselier was the proprietor. Only soft drinks were available in the dancehall. Someone who wanted an alcoholic beverage had to le ...[Read More]

Rendezvous

Rendezvous

1636 W. Main Street: Was originally the Jungle Room- burned down in July 2013: http://www.katc.com/news/weekend-fire-destroys-iconic-ville-platte-restaurant/

Snook’s Bar & Dancehall

Snook’s Bar & Dancehall

Maurice Barzas and the Mamou Playboys Saturday night gig lasted 35 years after WW2, KBON Priscilla Alleman-Saturday night place: Hwy 22: by Teet’s Grocery

Social Club

Social Club

Social Club/Dancehall on west side of W. Railroad Avenue North Avenue (then #109) next to People’s Bank Trust Co.- backed up to the RR tracks- info from 1925 Ville Platte Sanborn Insurance Map

Teen-Age Center

Teen-Age Center

From “Images of America: Ville Platte”, Arcadia Publishing, 2014 by Jean Keisel and Jane Vidrine: “The Teen-Age Center opened in the 1950s in Ville Platte’s City Park. Civic clubs got together to erect the building, which had a wooden dance floor and space for tables along the wall. The Center offered food and recreation as well as dances. It also served as a meeting place ...[Read More]