July 2012

Plaquemines Parish is Louisiana’s most southern parish and is located where the Mississippi River and Gulf of Mexico meet. With this prime location, one can only imagine how stunning Plaquemines is, with all of its waterways, bayous, fishing spots and hunting grounds. In fact, Plaquemines Parish produces millions of pounds of shrimp, oyster and crab each year, contributing greatly to Louisiana’s seafood industry.

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For nature lovers who are interested in an outdoor activity, embracing the natural beauty, habitat and resources of Louisiana, the Creole Nature Trail is the perfect place to visit. Locals and visitors alike will feel at-one with nature when coming to the Creole Nature Trail, which is also known as the All-American Road.

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Morgan City Main Street is located west of New Orleans in the heart of southern Louisiana. With its ideal location, quaint atmosphere and Cajun influence, this area is a wonderful place to shop, eat and play.

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St. Bernard is a beautiful parish nestled in southeast New Orleans.  In 2007 and 2008, the parish was the fastest growing county, or parish (as we call them in Louisiana), in the United States, according to the U.S.

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Terrebonne Parish is the second largest parish in Louisiana, and you know what that means – plenty of places to fish! The parish is home to 69 lakes as well as miles and miles of marshland with direct access to the Gulf of Mexico, where an abundance of fish can be caught.

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Vermilion Parish has a strong reputation – it’s known as “the most Cajun place on Earth.” This is a lot to say about a small parish in coastal Louisiana, but it couldn’t be more true!

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When visiting what Louisiana locals call "Cajun Country", visitors quickly see that the locals set the pace and take the time to enjoy the natural habitat around them, and one of the most enjoyable activities in Cajun Country happens to be the simplest of them all: bird watching.

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Blue crabs are an important part of the Louisiana economy and a staple along the coast. While commercial fishermen provide a bountiful yield of blue crab for local restaurants and markets, recreational fishermen also enjoy catching crabs for their own use for the dining pleasure of their family and friends.

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Yellowfin tuna are migratory fish found in the gulf waters and can be caught year-round off the coast of Louisiana. The average yellowfin tuna weighs between 50 and 150 pounds, with the larger ones weighing as much as 200 pounds.

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Each year, the International Grand Isle Tarpon Rodeo is a fishing tournament held during the last weekend in July,  with this year’s dates being Friday, July 26 through Sunday, July 28. To those living in the state of Louisiana, the Grand Isle Tarpon Rodeo is known as being one giant block party, with plenty of music, live entertainment and great food.

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Morgan City Under the Bridge is set for Friday, July 13 and Saturday, July 14- located on Second and Everett Streets in Morgan City, Louisiana. This fun cooking competition is packed with activities for adults and kids to enjoy and, of course, is overwhelmed by the delightful aromas of barbecued foods.

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