Easy Rider tells the story of two men- Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper- on a cross-country trip from California to New Orleans, transporting profits from a drug deal. Considered one of America’s formative counterculture films, it is also one of its most honored, winning eight of the 14 Oscar nominations it earned and several international awards. Jack Nicholson received five national and international nominations as a supporting actor. One of the film’s most iconic scenes takes place at Melancon’s Café in Morganza, Louisiana. Although it was later torn down, visitors, including many motorcycle enthusiasts, come to view a plaque in the ground in front of where the café stood. Read more about Melancon’s Café here.
In addition to film’s final scene in New Orleans during Mardi Gras, the main characters also ride through St. Mary Parish down LA 182, showcasing the bridge that connects Morgan City and Berwick.
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the film, and to celebrate, the city of Morganza and the Cajun Coast CVB are hosting two great events for Easy Rider fans.
On Saturday, August 24 motorcyclists and film buffs alike can enjoy a self-guided tour featuring areas shown in the film with the Bikers on the Bayou event. This event held in downtown Franklin will offer visitors a glimpse of what the area looked like during filming, as well as vendors, pirogue races, opportunities for photos and more. Cruise over to the Cajun Coast's website for more information on the event.
The town of Morganza will celebrate the 50th anniversary of Easy Rider on Saturday, September 28 with a meet and greet with local actors, souvenirs, a screening of the film and a guided ride to the location where key scenes were filmed. To register for the event and for more information, click here: https://www.morganzala.com/events-1/easy-rider-50th-anniversary/.