Unlike the British and the Spanish who were major players in early colonial America, it was the French who were THE influence in Louisiana.
Today, Cajun -- "French with a Southern drawl" -- can still be heard in Louisiana most
heavily throughout the Mississippi Delta region and in Lafayette Cajun country. (While here, don't miss a step back in time with a visit to the Vermilionville Living History Museum for a close-up look at ol' French Louisiana.)
And, of course, there is always the annual Mardi Gras celebration in New Orleans brought by the French to America's premier party town with the call to "Laizzez les bons temps rouler! " (Let the good times roll!)
Top Louisiana attractions include the historic charm and jazzy nightlife of New Orleans,
authentic Cajun style cooking, and a trip back in time to Civil War-era plantation life.
Orleans, of course, remains the state's biggest tourist draw with its
Bourbon Street jazz clubs, top restaurants, and the charm of the French Quarter. While here, don't miss the city's famous food specialties by lunching on a po'boy sandwich or satisfying your sweet tooth with the luxurious taste of New Orleans pralines.
Explore your inner pirate at the Louisiana
Pirate Festival in Lake Charles in May
Just up ahead, check out our 2024 Louisiana travel calender featuring memorable events and major festivals happening throughout the state with dates, locations and official links for more information. Happy travels!
January - February 2024 -- New Orleans Mardi Gras New Orleans - THE event of the year in New Orleans begins in January and parades right up until Fat Tuesday drawing thousands to the biggest street party on the planet.
April 12 - April 14, 2024 -- Ponchatoula Strawberry Festival Ponchatoula - There's strawberry shortcake, strawberry daiquris, and lots more on the menu including three days of family fun, live music and the big parade.
April 11 - April 14, 2024 French Quarter Festival New Orleans -- And just when Mardi Gras is over it's time for one of the Louisiana's biggest music fests on 20 stages throughout the French Quarter.
May 2 - May 12, 2024 Louisiana Pirate Festival Lake Charles - Along with kids' activities, carnival rides, live music and food... here be pirates! Arrgh.
May 17 - May 19, 2024 Bayou Boogaloo Music Festival New Orleans - Boogy on down to Bayou St. John for live music, local food vendors, and regional arts & crafts.
• One of the most photographed trees in the world is The Evangeline Oak in St. Martinville.
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