2016 Festival Honoree | Ted Viator
Ted is the owner of Viator and Associates, a Landscape Architectural Design Firm in
Lafayette, Louisiana. Ted was born in New Iberia, the youngest son of Ethel Mae Pesson and
Rebellion Viator. Ted’s two older brothers, George and Jack, are Sugar Cane Farmers and
founded ‘Rebel V Farms’ in New Iberia. He graduated from New Iberia Senior High and Lester
Mae’s School of Dance in 1973. He then attended Louisiana State University where he received
a bachelor’s degree in Landscape Architecture.
He is a member of the American Society of Landscape Architects and has received several design awards,
and his projects have appeared in numerous publications nationally.
He now serves on the committee to design and construct “The George Rodrigue Memorial Park” on Main Street New Iberia.
Ted is also a licensed florist and owns The Gardenaire, a full service floral shop in Lafayette.
In addition to his professional responsibilities, Ted is also a very active member in the
Acadiana community. He is a member of the Mystic Krewe of Apollo de Lafayette, Shadows on
the Teche Special Events Committee, the League for Equality, the Krewe of Bonaparte and was
Outstanding ULL Alumni 2004. Ted was a contestant for Dancing with the Stars Sacred Heart
and Ascension School’s Blue Gator Boogie and he is also on the faculty of the Gerami Academy.
Ted served on the La Sugar Cane Festival Board from 1987-1992, where he was able to bring
the ‘Flower and Horticulture Show’ back to the festival and help produce and direct the Queen
Sugar Coronation. Ted has served on the committee for the Stars of Style Fundraiser since 2012
and is on the founding committee for this year’s 75 th Anniversary Festival new event on
Thursday evening ‘FARM FEST’, which will be held on the ground of The Shadows on the
Ted celebrated a milestone birthday in 2015 by organizing a fundraising event,
“TED’S EVENT TO REMEMBER”, benefiting the Alzheimer’s Association of Louisiana. For
this event he re-gathered the talented ‘Sugar Lumps’, who were Goodwill Ambassadors for the
La Sugar Cane Festival and Fair from 1956-1984. Since then, the Sugar Lumps plus Ted have
continued to meet, dance, and perform for community events such as Beneath the Balconies in
New Iberia, the State Louisiana Assisted Living Association Conference in New Orleans, and the
Stars of Style 2016. As the La Sugar Cane Festival and Fair celebrates its 75 th Anniversary, the
Sugar Lumps plus Ted will be participating in several events the festival weekend.