LaBelle Swamp Cabbage Festival

The Festival, honoring the Cabbage Palm in Hendry county Florida, is one of Southwest Florida's major events with some 25,000 people flooding the streets of LaBelle every year. The activities include a huge parade (see videos below) and Barron Park festivities, along the banks of the scenic Caloosahatchee River. The festival is always held the last full weekend of February in LaBelle, Florida, the county seat of Hendry county.

Hendry County's Swamp Cabbage Festival began in 1965 sponsored by the LaBelle Jaycees. The City of LaBelle, and Port LaBelle community and all of Hendry County extend a warm welcome each year to the many thousands of visitors to this annual event. The festival honors the delicacy gourmets call the "Heart of Palm," the meat of the cabbage palm tree. The cabbage palm is also called the Sabal Palm, the state tree of Florida. Local trees are chopped down to provide fronds for festival decorations and the heart of palms.

LaBelle's Swamp Cabbage Festival

The Festival includes beauty pageants, dances, the huge Saturday morning parade with floats decorated with Sabal Palm fronds, all day entertainment including bluegrass, jazz, gospel, Latin, and country music, along with delicious locally prepared food at Barron Park, on the scenic Caloosahatchee River next to the LaBelle Bridge.

For information about participation in the event, contact LaBelle City Hall for information. Festival Planning Meetings are held at City Hall Mondays at 6:30 PM throughout the year. Visitors are welcome.

More Videos From The Parade:

Parade 2016 9 minute parade video

Parade 2014 9 minute parade video

Parade 2008 - 33 minute parade video

Parade 2008 - 10 minute parade video

Parade 2009 - 10 minute parade video

Parade 2009 - 10 minute parade video - part 2

Parade 2009 - parade video - swamp buggies, antiques, air boats (3 minutes)

News About The Swamp Cabbage Festival - Southwest Florida Online stories and video

The Swamp Cabbage Festival Events

Here are typical schedules and approximate dates and times for events for the annual festival All days refer to the last full weekend of February:

February 1

    • Deadline for park booth applications, entertainers and parade entries to sign up for the festival.


    • Swamp Cabbage Festival Queen Pageant, LaBelle High School. Admission.

Last Thursday of February

    • Old Timers Dinner - LaBelle Civic Center 5 PM Social, 6 PM Dinner. Admission.

    • Last Friday of FebruaryRodeo 7 PM, LaBelle Rodeo Grounds. Admission.

Last Saturday of February

(All activites at the Barron Park on the Caloosahatchee River unless otherwise stated.)

    • "Swamp Stomp" Along LaBelle's streets- 5K Run/Walk, 8:30 AM

    • Parade from Cowboy Way area to Barron Park north along Bridge Street, 10 AM

    • Quilt Show - LaBelle Womans Club, 10 AM-3 PM

    • Lawnmower Races. 1 PM. Admission.

    • Arts, Crafts, Food, Music at Barron Park, Noon-7:30 PM

    • Rodeo 7 PM at Rodeo grounds. Admission.

    • Festival Country and Western Dance - Civic Center, Admission, 9 PM-1:30 AM

    • Last Sunday of FebruaryFishing Tournament at Boat Ramp, 6:30 AM-2 PM

    • Food, Music, Arts, Crafts at Barron Park 9 AM-5 PM

    • Fishing Tournament Weigh-in, 2 PM

    • Rodeo 7 PM, Rodeo Grounds. Admission.

(Festival activities and times are subject to change.)