The City of Celina was thrilled to host its largest and most popular annual event Celina Cajun Fest presented by REX Real Estate on Saturday, May 13, from 2:00 - 9:00 PM on Celina's Downtown Square.
Grammy Award-winning and Country Music legends Diamond Rio performed LIVE on the Centurion American stage! They were joined by Jeffery Broussard & The Creole Cowboys and Texas Clearwater Revival! Thank you to our entertainment sponsors the Celina Economic Development Corporation.
While we feasted on one of the BIGGEST crawfish boils in Texas, attendees enjoyed live alligator shows, local vendors offering food, drinks, and unique items, and a large kids zone area with inflatables and carnival rides!
Celina Cajun Fest is free to enter, and crawfish tickets and Front Row Experience tickets were available for purchase!
MUSICAL HEADLINER: DIAMOND RIO
Formed in 1989 in Nashville, TN the band consists of Gene Johnson (mandolin, tenor vocals), Jimmy Olander (lead guitar, acoustic guitar, banjo), Brian Prout (drums), Marty Roe (lead vocal), Dan Truman (keyboards), and Dana Williams (bass guitar, baritone vocals).
Diamond Rio’s most recent release, "I Made It," is their tenth studio album. The title track was co-written by the band’s lead guitarist Jimmy Olander and features 11 new songs. Produced by Olander and Mike Clute, "I Made It," is available on iTunes and www.diamondrio.com.
Diamond Rio signed to Arista Records and in 1991 with the release of “Meet In The Middle” became the first country music group in history to reach No. 1 with a debut single. The band is also known for their hits “How Your Love Makes Me Feel,” “One More Day,” “Beautiful Mess,” “Unbelievable,” “In A Week or Two,” and more. They released their first-ever autobiography, Beautiful Mess: The Story of Diamond Rio, on Thomas Nelson in 2009.
The band known for playing every note on every album recently celebrated their 30th Anniversary, has sold more than 10 million albums, won a Grammy Award, a Dove Award, six Vocal Group of the Year wins (CMA and ACM), released two Greatest Hit albums, a live and Christmas project, earned five multi-week no. 1 singles, 22 Top 10 singles, three certified Platinum and five gold albums, released an autobiography–and with zero band member changes. Known for their charity commitments including long-time spokespersons for Big Brothers Big Sisters, the band has raised over $1,000,000.00 for non-profits and received the Minnie Pearl Humanitarian Award.
2:30 - 3:30 PM
Hector Ward & The Big Time
3:30 - 4:15 PM
Gator Country Performance
4:30 - 5:30 PM
Texas Clearwater Revival
5:30 - 6:15 PM
Gator Country Performance
6:00 - 7:00 PM
Jeffery Broussard & The Creole Cowboys
7:45 - 9:00 PM
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We are excited to welcome Gator Country Adventure Park back to our annual Celina Cajun Fest. Gator Country is home to the largest Alligator Adventure Park/Sanctuary in Southeast Texas.
Gator Country will perform two shows that will last between 45 minutes to one hour. During their amazing shows, Gator Country will focus on educating the spectators on the importance of conservation of the American alligator. In addition, they will also educate on crocodiles, snakes, and other reptiles, such as turtles, tortoises, and lizards.
Gator Country will oversee some personal interaction and interactive excitement with their shows for spectators to watch. Spectators will have the opportunity to get up close to these amazing reptiles as they will be able to interact with 2-to-3 alligators (and yes, they are taped up), snakes, and turtles.
New this year to the Gator Country show will be the Celina Cajun Fest debut of Kong, a 13-foot alligator and one of the largest alligators in a Texas sanctuary. Kong will have his own special enclosure that will surely be a great attraction to the event.
GETTING TO THE SQUARE
Celina's Downtown Square
Celina Cajun Fest is held on Celina's Downtown Square.
Please note: Due to road closures and Downtown parking lot improvements, be sure to check the Life In Celina TX Facebook for current public parking availability.
Free Park and Ride Shuttles to and from the event will be available from 2:00 - 10:00 PM.
2023 MARKET AND FOOD & BEVERAGES VENDORS
Shop over 60 vendors offering handmade and homemade items, clothing & accessories, and tasty treats. Classic fair food staples such as corn dogs and turkey legs can be found at the Celina Cajun Fest as well as Cajun cuisine, and so much more!
THANK YOU TO OUR 2023 SPONSORS
Kids Zone Sponsor
Photo Ops Sponsor
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