Something extra. That's what Lagniappe Day is all about. This UL Lafayette tradition is one of the longest occurring and most-treasured events we have! Each spring, students take a break from studying with fun activities like the canoe races in Cypress Lake, the annual lake jump, and the biggest crawfish boil around!
Lagniappe Day 2017 took place on Friday, April 7 on Boucher Street. Here's a recap of the activities:
2017 Schedule of Events
All Lagniappe Day activities are offered free of charge to students and include a mechanical bull, rock climbing wall, photo booth, bungee jumps, and games.
10 a.m.-12 p.m. - Canoe through Cypress Lake
Grab a friend and canoe through our very Cypress Lake from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Students will have the opportunity to take a quick paddle through the swamp and enjoy the view from inside! Register at Lagniappe Day at the check-in table right next to the swamp near the Union! Just don't tip over!
11 a.m.-2 p.m. - Crawfish Boil
Join UPC for the biggest crawfish boil of the season with 18,000 pounds of crawfish! This all-you-can-eat crawfish boil will only set you back one meal swipe ($8 for non-meal plan students, $15 for all non-UL students). Cash and credit cards will be accepted. Students with a meal plan may pay with their Cajun Cards. The student who eats the most wins bragging rights for the year! You may swipe your Cajun Card or pay onsite, but you can also purchase your crawfish boil ticket online.
12 p.m. - Annual Lake Jump
Ready. Set. Splash! Each year a student jumps feet-first into the murky waters of Cypress Lake as part of Lagniappe Day. A memorial jump took place in 2007 after long-time lake jumper Philip Beridon passed away in 2006. Phillip made his first splash back in 1977.
Be sure to bring your bathing suits for a quick swim through the swamp! Come watch (and join) UPC as the Lagniappe Day team jumps into the murky waters of Cypress Lake.
12:15 p.m. - Canoe Races
Do you have what it takes to race across Cypress Lake Swamp? Sixteen teams of 4-6 people will race for the title of canoe race champion! Whether you come to support your friends, to race or to watch your fellow students tip over, you won't want to miss this great event. Just watch out for the gators! Register your team for the canoe races.
2 p.m. - Pepper Eating Contest
As if the day wasn't already hot enough, come test your limits in the pepper eating contest! The student who eats the most jalapeno peppers in one minutes gets a basket of Lagniappe prizes (and a glass of milk)! Register to compete at Lagniappe Day at the check-in table right next to the swamp near the Union! The contest will take place under the porch area by the Student Union. If you don't want to participate, you'll definitely want to watch!
2-4 p.m. - Concessions
3 p.m. - Rock the Swamp
One of UL's most beloved traditions honors our graduating seniors by placing their rings in the swamp overnight! Join the Alumni Association as they send the rings off to be guarded in the shallow waters of Cypress Lake. You won't want to miss it!