2020 Mardi Gras Events Near Opelousas, LA

This year, Mardi Gras is coming up fast — the end of February. Residents of Opelousas are gearing up for the longtime Louisiana tradition of going all out for Fat Tuesday. Here’s a few recommendations for joining in the fun.

Downtown Opelousas

Celebrating at the local Delta Grand Theater means you don’t have to drive far. For just $5 at the bar, guests can enjoy food, drinks, and live Cajun and Creole music from 7 PM to 10 PM on February 25th.

St. Landry Parish

Also located near Opelousas, the Mardi Gras events at St. Landry Parish celebrate regional zydeco culture with fiddles and accordions. Join in with the trail ride and chicken chase, and enjoy live music.

Lafayette

Only a short distance away, Lafayette offers the traditional Courir de Mardi Gras event with costumes, parades, king cakes, and balls with a king and queen. The festivities this year begin as early as Valentine’s Day!

Cajun Field

Also in Lafayette, Cajun Field is the site of Le Festival de Mardi Gras a Lafayette every year. This is a street festival with vendors, music, games, food, and other activities. There’s even a children’s parade for the little ones.

If you need a new vehicle to help you laissez les bon temps rouler for Mardi Gras, contact us at Sterling Buick GMC. We’ll be happy to help. 

All-New GMC Yukon Debut Coming in January

Longtime GMC fans are excited for the upcoming all-new GMC Yukon. The 2021 GMC Yukon debut is coming in January, and we guess it will echo the same design stylings as the newest GMC Sierra. Here’s what you can expect.

Design

While it’s all speculation at this point, we can figure out more about the all-new GMC Yukon by taking a look at other GM products announced for next year — the redesigned Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban, for example, which both borrowed their looks from the Sierra’s cousin, the Chevy Silverado. We expect to see design aspects like a large grille and distinct C-shaped headlamps on the new GMC Yukon.

Options

With every GMC Yukon comes a new Yukon XL. This larger model boasts its roominess, generous cargo capacity, and additional versatility. We can also expect a Denali trim to deliver the top tier of premium upgrades. There’s no official word yet on what features will be available inside the cabin, but that’s probably where the Yukon will be redesigned the most.

For now, you can find the current 2020 Yukon here at Sterling Buick GMC.

Important Car Tire Maintenance Before Holiday Travels

One of the most crucial parts of your vehicle is the tires, but those are often neglected. Before your family heads out on your holiday road trip, follow these important car tire maintenance tips. They will help prevent a flat or blow-out while traveling.

Check for Damage

Take some time to inspect the tires thoroughly. Looking for any sharp objects like nails embedded in your car’s tires or bulges or cracks in the tire itself. There may be some normal wear if the tires are old, but make sure your tires are wearing evenly.

Gauge Tread Depth

Once your tires reach a lifespan of 5+ years, it’s time to routinely check the tread depth to make sure they meet legal standards. Tire tread is especially important when the weather is bad and the roads are slick from precipitation. Tread is what generates friction and grips the road, preventing you from sliding. You can use a tread depth gauge to measure this or simply use a penny following the penny test.

Fill To Recommended Tire Pressure

Tire pressure can fluctuate when temperatures rise and fall, so it’s important to check and fill your tires before hitting the road. Tire pressure that is too low or too high causes tires to slip more easily and can cause a blowout or a flat.

If your car needs a new set of tires, bring your vehicle to the Sterling Buick GMC service center.

Local Christmas Events in Lafayette Your Family Will Love

If you live in or near South Opelousas, you’re a short drive away from Lafayette, LA. Here are a few local Christmas events in Lafayette that will get you in the Christmas mood this holiday season.

Noel Acadien au Village

Stop by Acadian Village in Lafayette from 5:30-9 p.m. any evening from Nov. 30 – Dec. 23 to experience their annual tribute to Christmas. Noel Acadien au Village features fun activities for all ages. Witness more than half a million lights making animated displays. Enjoy live entertainment, snack on warm food, and get some holiday shopping done. Young ones can go on carnival rides and get a picture with Santa to commemorate the night.

Christmas at Couret 2019

Explore life at Couret Farms at this free, outdoor holiday event on Dec. 14 from 6-9 p.m. Children can participate in age-appropriate activities and take pictures with Santa. Adults can browse the wares of pop-up shops, while soaking in the sounds of live entertainment. Bring lawn chairs and blankets if you want a place to sit and take it all in during the festivities. Onsite food and drinks will also be available for purchase.

Downtown Candlelight Christmas

Mark your calendar for a magical evening in downtown Lafayette on Dec. 19 from 6-7 p.m. Held at Parc International, this event will feature a night of caroling and Christmas readings, while you sip on hot cocoa and light candles with other residents to celebrate togetherness. It’s the quintessential way to celebrate Christmas with your community.

We here at Sterling Buick GMC wish you and your loved ones Happy Holidays. Remember to contact us for any of your vehicle service needs, whether your auto needs an oil change or new brake pads.

Simple Routine Car Maintenance Tips

Every change in season is a period to have your car checked, so fall is a great time to catch up on routine car maintenance. Not sure where to start? These simple car care tips will help ensure your vehicle in is top shape all year round.

Tires

Whether it’s hot and dry or cool and wet, keeping your vehicle’s tires in good shape is crucial to overall performance and safety. Every three months or so, you should check the tire tread, inflation, and alignment for problems. Address any minor issues before they cause larger problems.

Battery

Extreme temperatures can put a lot of strain on your car’s battery, so it’s always a good idea to have it tested a few times a year. Visit Sterling Buick GMC to make sure you car’s battery is still holding a sufficient charge.

Oil

While oil should be changed about every 3,000-5,000 miles, it’s important to check oil levels even before reaching that amount in case the level is low or there is a leak.

Wipers

Windshield wipers are easy to forget about, but they are extremely important for maintaining proper visibility. If your vehicle’s wipers are cracked, bent, or damaged, always replace them right away.

Belt and hoses

You don’t have to be an expert mechanic to inspect under the hood. In fact, often a quick look is enough to see if any of your vehicle’s belt or hoses are leaking or broken and in need of service.

If your vehicle needs an inspection, an oil change, or a new battery, bring it to the service center at Sterling Buick GMC.