Mardi Gras Celebrations Near You

Check the numerous Mardi Gras events from February 4 through February 9 in the Calendar.



April 2 & 3 --- 3rd Annual CrawDebauchery Food & Music Festival in Pompano Beach

Two-day festival featuring hardwood dance floors for the zydeco stage. Zydeco bands will include Chubby Carrier and the Bayou Swamp Band, Dwayne Dopsie and the Zydeco Hellraisers and Geno Delafose & French Rockin Boogie. Cajun bands will include Savoy Family Band, the Lafayette Rhythm Devils and The Porchdogs. Other bands appearing on the second stage will include Papa John Gros Band, Bonerama and Raw Oyster Cult.  Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased via


“The things that New Orleans represents – the love of food, music and good times – is something I have a passion for,” said promoter Dkon Matthews. “We hope CrawDebauchery will continue to prosper and expand and we’ll be able to present the unique experience of New Orleans to patrons for a long time.”




Your Source for Cajun-Zydeco
Dancing in Florida


Welcome to FloridaCajunZydeco, a website dedicated to people who love to dance to Louisiana-style music. This site features a calendar page of Cajun and Zydeco dance bands and events in the state of Florida, and a "Festival-O-Rama" page of major Cajun and Zydeco events anywhere in the United States -- even Louisiana!  Also check out "The Story" page where a different Cajun or zydeco band is featured each month.

Traveling out of state? Check the Links page for dance clubs and bands in the area you will be traveling.

Also, check the Update! Newsletter archives in the bottom right of this page for recent newsletters on events posted on this site. Email me to get on my e-mail list for Update! Newsletter.

As they say in French-speaking Louisiana, "Laissez les bons temps rouler!" ("Let the good times roll!") And in the spirit of the dance community that embraces this joyful music, "If you're smiling, you're doing it right!"

--- James Hance, St. Petersburg, FL



Where Cajun and Zydeco
Music Came From

Cajun music and zydeco are cultural hybrids, the results of the rich blend of French, Spanish, German, Anglo-American, African, and Native American  cultures that found themselves living together in south Louisiana. Basically, Cajun music is the traditional music of the white Cajuns and zydeco is the music of the black Creoles. Historically, Cajun music developed from the sounds that the French settlers took with them to the Acadian colony in the seventeenth century.... The word Creole distinguished these French-speaking slaves and former slaves alike from their English-speaking counterparts in other parts of the South.  --- Cajun Music and Zydeco by Barry Jean Ancelet, 1992


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Jerry Carrier's CZ Newsletter

Jerry Carrier sends out an email newsletter every week or two during the festival season with new event information. You can subscribe to CZ Newsletter by emailing him a request to be added to his mailing list:



Learn to Play The Accordion Online

"Zydecoach" dance instructor Greg Benusa has posted both free and paid online accordion lessons at his website, According to Greg, "In the process of learning various zydeco and Cajun songs over the years, I had to break down and document the process. So this website is a result of sharing my learning process with others.…. While it is important to understand music theory, I found it was better myself to learn a basic tune or two to get my fingers moving, and gain the music theory as my experience grew." Greg also provides links to other resources for the beginning accordion player. You can contact Greg at, or phone him at 619-857-8409.






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