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Enjoying the food & entertainment at Louisiana Festivals

Every Louisiana local and most out-of-town visitors enjoy a good festival, party or event held anywhere in the state. Recognized as the festive capital of the entire world, Louisiana celebrates everything from its local cuisines to its unique jazz. Throughout the year, festivals offer Cajun and Creole specialties along with exquisite French delicacies.

Here is a sampling of a few of our favorite festivals held along Louisiana’s coat:

  • The Seafood Festival in Plaquemine Parish – Held every May, the Seafood Festival in Plaquemine Parish is held in Belle Chase. Everything “seafood” is celebrated including servings of boiled crawfish, crab pasta, fried oyster poor boys (po’boy) sandwiches, fried catfish and boiled shrimp. Additionally, everyone will enjoy the local entertainment and carnival rides, along with a pageant to determine this year’s Plaquemine Parish Seafood Queen.
  • The Crawfish Festival in Abita Springs – Head out to Abita Springs in mid-April to enjoy the annual Crawfish Festival. The event provides Creole cuisine, crawfish delicacies, live music entertainment, along with a whole host of activities for children and adults.
  • The Cajun (New Iberia) Hot Sauce Festival – Any lover of Tabasco knows that New Iberia, Louisiana is where “hot” was invented. Every mid-April, the town of New Iberia welcomes visitors to its Hot Sauce Festival to celebrate everything Cajun including an amazing food court, hot sauce competitions, cook-offs, arts and crafts, and a carnival.
  • Family Gras in Jefferson Parish – If you love the idea of Mardi Gras, but not the idea of fighting the raucous crowds in New Orleans, it’s time to checkout Family Gras held each year in Jefferson Parish.  Family Gras is exactly what it sounds like, a family focused version of Mardi Gras that offers all the fun and excitement of parades without the craziness of New Orleans.
  • The Tarpon Rodeo in Grand Isle – Only in Louisiana can the locals and out-of-town visitors tell their friends that they have been to a tarpon rodeo. Held in Grand Isle, this “fishing rodeo” is the oldest throughout all of North America. It offers a spearfishing contest, big game, and amazing food.
  • Contraband Days in Lake Charles – Have you ever wanted an excuse to dress and act like a real pirate for a few days?  If so, you simply cannot miss the Contraband Days festival held each spring in Lake Charles, Louisiana.  This great festival celebrates the legend of famed pirate Jean Lafitte, and provides loads of family friendly entertainment for both kids and adults.
  • The Plaquemine’s Parish Seafood Festival – Everyone knows that Louisiana is famous for its seafood, and there is no better single chance to sample all of the best Louisiana seafood dishes, all prepared by locals, than the Plaquemine’s Parish Seafood Festival held each spring.  From boiled shrimp to po-boys, soft shell crabs to seafood pasta, and everything in between, you don’t want to miss this chance to enjoy Louisiana’s world class seafood.
  • The Sugar Cane Festival of Louisiana – The state of Louisiana celebrates everything, including locally grown sugar cane. Held in September of every year in New Iberia at the local city park, the Sugar Cane Festival host parades, arts and crafts, flower shows, livestock, agricultural exhibits, and rides.
  • Bayou Christmas – Held on the first weekend of December at the Larose Regional Park in Larose, the Bayou Christmas event provides Cajun food, live entertainment, a boat parade, and events for children.

Every Louisiana local enjoys a good festival and parade. After all, it is the land of Mardi Gras. Every month throughout the year, Louisiana hosts a huge variety of festivals that provide lots to eat and drink. Every local and out-of-town visitor can be a part of the dancing, eating and enjoying the Louisiana lifestyle.

Read more about Louisiana’s great festivals: Contraband Days St. Bernard Tomato Festival Plaquemines Parish Seafood Festival The Dragonboat Festival      

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