Mike LeBlanc of Les Boule Cadienne joined 'Mornings With Ken and Bernie' today to discuss the upcoming Petanque tournament.  First things first, we asked LeBlanc to explain Petanque.  According to him,

Petanque is a French game much like the Italian game of Bocce'.  The exception is this game is played with chromium steel balls.  The object of the game is to throw your ball closest to a smaller ball called a cochonette.

The weekend of March 15 through March 17th Les Boule Cadienne will host the fifth annual International Petanque tournament in Lafayette's Girard Park.  LeBlanc said,

The tournament draws players from Seattle, San Antonio, Austin and as far away as France and Belgium.  This year the world champion Petanque player will be visiting from France.  When your "draw" pits you against him it becomes a demonstration match and you are the sacrifice but it is a learning experience!

In addition to the actual tournament in Girard Park a social is planned for Friday night at Cite' Des Arts in downtown Lafayette and other activities including a children's tournament for Saturday.  More information can be had by calling Mike LeBlanc at 337-654.9467 or by visiting the Petanque Tournament's website.

The tournament and surrounding activities are a great way to brush up on your French skills.  If you'd like to participate in the tournament balls are provided for visitors.

Listen to the interview: