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




Jerry Carrier's CZ Newsletter

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Planning a Dance Party?

House parties are a great way to make new friends and learn more about the people you only know on the dance floor. Let me know if you’re planning a party and would like to invite other dancers to attend by announcing it on the website. A potluck get-together with others who who enjoy Louisiana music and food is a great way to celebrate the holidays. Drop me an email at if you would like to announce your special event on


Fun Fact: Grammy® Awards

The Grammy Award for Best Zydeco or Cajun Music Album was an honor presented to recording artists at the 50th, 51st, 52nd and 53rd Grammy Awards (2008–2011) for quality zydeco or cajun music albums. The Grammy Awards, an annual ceremony that was established in 1958 and originally called the Gramophone Awards, are presented by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences of the United States to "honor artistic achievement, technical proficiency and overall excellence in the recording industry, without regard to album sales or chart position”. The Pine Leaf Boys holds the record for the most nominations, with four. Though nominated each year the honor was presented, the group failed to receive an award. Award recipients in chronological order are Terrance Simien and the Zydeco Experience, BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet, Buckwheat Zydeco, and Chubby Carrier and the Bayou Swamp Band.


Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014
Zydeco Dance at Vertigo (Clearwater)

5:30-9 p.m. Zydeco dance at Vertigo (upstairs from Yard of Ale) at 2675 Ulmerton, Clearwater, FL 33762. Arrive early to take advantage of Happy Hour-priced drinks and food until 7 p.m. DJ Jim Hance takes requests. Website.


Last month I counted over 40 heads from the DJ booth, so come on out and join the crowd on the dance floor. Also, possible second monthly zydeco dance in St. Pete. Stay tuned!


Holiday Fais-Do-Do
Dec. 13, 2014
in St. Petersburg

Potluck Cajun house party to celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Winter Solstice in Saint Petersburg. Info on Calendar page.


Cajun Winterfest
in Pensacola

Dec. 19 & 20, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Features Nouveaux Cajun Xpress from Louisiana, Emerald Coast Blues Brothers, Shades of Blue, Brooke Woods and C&L Band. Gumbo cook-off,  Cajun food, kid's activities. $20 one day pass, $30 two day pass. Info and tickets, call 850-494-0801 Mon. - Thurs 8 am to 4 p.m.


Check a complete list of events,
check the Calendar.

Update! Newsletter

November 9, 2014 Newsletter



to Florida Cajun-Zydeco Update for the latest listings on this website. Email your request to receive this free newsletter  to

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Recent issues:

October 10, 2014
September 3, 2014
August 3, 2014
July 6, 2014
June 7, 2014
June 2014
April 2014
March 2014
January 2014

Keep dancing!



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