Fans either danced on the spacious concrete floor of the pavilion or
dined on some great barbecue prepared by the Delafose family. According to Herman Fuselier
in the "Bayou Boogie" column in Offbeat magazine, the Delafoses grilled 400
pounds of meat, peeled 200 pounds of potatoes, and boiled 18 dozen eggs for potato
saladall served free to everyone there. All fans had to supply was their own
After Geno's initial set, other musicians
performed, giving the crowd a taste of a variety of Creole and Zydeco music, with Geno
sitting in on drums with a couple of the groups. Then a little before 9, he and his band
returned to the stage for a final set, joined by Alida Viator on fiddle.
here for pictures of other musicians.
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here for pictures of the crowd and of Geno, family, and friends on stage at the end of the
the first page on Geno's Fan Appreciation Parties.
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|On October 14, 2000, Geno Delafose invited all of his fans to his
fifth annual Fan Appreciation Party. Originally scheduled to be held at his Double D Ranch
near Eunice, the event was moved to the pavilion at the Northwest Community Center in
Eunice because early weather forecasts predicted possible rain. The weather stayed dry,
but, given the size of the crowdsome 600 people, the pavilion turned out to be a
more practical location.
At about 5:30, Geno Delafose and his
band mounted the pavilion's stage and launched into a spirited rendition of "The
Eunice Two-Step," followed by close to an hour of great Creole and Zydeco music
before Geno yielded the stage to Horace Trahan.