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Louisiana Lafayette MArdi Gras Tournament Invitation
« on: November 16, 2009, 10:30:18 AM »
Dear Colleagues:

The University of Louisiana-Lafayette Debate Program invites you to attend the Mardi Gras Policy Debate Tournament on February 12 through 15, 2009. Our intent is to offer some Ragin’ Cajun hospitality and some good competition. We have the tournament scheduled to encourage participation in Mardi Gras festivities. You may want to arrive for the tournament on February 12, 2010. We also suggest that you stay over Monday night in order to celebrate Fat Tuesday with us either in Lafayette or New Orleans.

A Humane Schedule

We do not believe that tournament have to be death marches to victory. When possible, tournaments should strive to be more humane toward participants; and, more importantly, to coaches. Friday February 20th will be registration. We encourage you to register early enough so that you may then attend the Friday night parade. Saturday has three rounds beginning at 9:00 a.m. We will strictly enforce start times with forfeit rules. Our goal is to have you out in time to watch the Bonaparte parade. Sunday rounds also begin at 9:00 a.m. and we hope to end before 5:00 p.m. Monday elimination rounds begin at 10:00 a.m.

Nuclear Blast Get Together

In keeping with last year’s “support your local CAFO” barbecue which featured hamburgers and homemade jambalaya, we will again have a politically incorrect lunch and an off-campus coaches reception. Those who attended last year will attest that last year’s hospitality lives up to Louisiana traditions.

Parades in Lafayette

The schedule allows individuals time to attend the Lafayette Mardi Gras parades. The Friday (February 12 night parade begins at 6:30 p.m. The Saturday night Parade of Bonaparte begins at 6:30 p.m. Given that the parade route runs right by campus, persons attending the tournament will merely have to walk fifty yards from their last debate round on Saturday to secure a prime bead catching location. There are no parades in Lafayette on Sunday night. However, there are plenty of festivities throughout Lafayette to celebrate. Monday’s Queen of Evangeline Parade begins at 6:00 p.m. Mardi Gras really is a Louisiana official holiday and, yes, we really do get four days off from school to celebrate. (When we lived in Texas, my wife was appalled to find out that other states did not recognize this holiday; another affront to Cajun culture).

We look forward to seeing you this February.

Scott M. Elliott, Ph.D. J.D.
Asst. Prof. and Dir. of Debate, UL-Lafayette
Office: 337-482-6090
Cell 337-849-7487

Tournament Information:

Entry Fees:

$60.00 per team. $10.00 per person other than debate teams.

The fees will be used to cover the cost of the barbecue, awards, coffee and king cake, and tournament administration costs.


Teams will only be allowed to enter if they have judging to cover them. As a new program we do not have the alumni to hire as extra judges. Please bring judges to cover your commitment.


Some of the old guard may remember the unique awards from the Southeastern Louisiana University Mardi Gras Tournament. We hope to provide the same type of awards, but with a Cajun flare. The Mardi Gras masks may come back. But we are also looking into some support from the Tabasco company and local artist, George Rodrigue (Blue Dog).

Directions, location, airports

Lafayette, Louisiana is at located at the junction of Interstate 10 and Interstate 49. The Lafayette Regional Airport is literally 10 minutes from campus and less than ten minutes from the tournament hotel. We are 45 minutes from Baton Rouge. We are two hours from the New Orleans airport. We are four hours from Houston and approximately eight hours from Dallas.

Remember, it is Mardi Gras. So try to book your rooms early.

Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites
 (337) 456-6900

Hilton Lafayette
1521 West Pinhook Road, Lafayette, Louisiana, United States 70503-3158
Tel: 1-337-235-6111   Fax: 1-337-237-6313

La Quinta Inn & Suites, Lafayette
1015 West Pinhook Road
Lafayette, LA 70503
Phone: 1-337-291-1088
Fax: 1-337-235-4703

Ramada Lafayette
120 E Kaliste Saloom Rd
Lafayette, LA 70508 US   
Phone:   337-235-0858
Fax:   337-232-8022

Tournament Schedule

University of Louisiana-Lafayette Mardi Gras Policy Tournament Tentative Schedule.

Friday  February 12, 2009            Registration. Tournament Hotel.   5:00-8:00 p.m.
                  Lafayette Mardi Gras parade from 6:30-9:00
Pairings for Rds. 1 and 2 released at Hotel and on edebate (as soon as possible after registration.

Saturday Feb. 13             9:00 a.m.        King Cake, coffee. Round 1.
                  11:00 a.m.                Round 2.
                             Lunch break following Round 2.
                    2:30 p.m.   (or earlier) Pairings for Rd. 3 released.
                                                        3:00 p.m.      Round  3.
Sunday Feb. 14               8:00 a.m.      Round 4 pairings released. Hotel and
                      9:00 a.m.   King Cake, Coffee. Round 4.
                     11:30 a.m.   Round 5
                     Lunch Break following Rd. 5 (Depending on the University, we will have the barbecue either for lunch after round 5; or a barbecue off campus for dinner; after round 6)
3:00 p.m.   Round 6
                                       Breaks Posted

Monday Feb. 15         10:00 a.m.   First Elimination Rounds
                         12:30 p.m.   Awards
                        1:30 p.m.   Second Elimination Rounds
4:00 p.m.   Third Elimination Rounds