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Title: Louisiana Festivals

Louisiana Festivals
The Strawberry Festival is one of the biggest
fund-raisers. This festival prides itself
knowing that the only vendors allowed on the fair
grounds are non-profit organizations. This April
celebration includes a festival ball, talent
show, Miss Strawberry pageant, and baking
contests. Food booths and rides are located
throughout the fair grounds.
New Orleans is the birthplace of Jazz. The Jazz
Festival however, is not just for celebrating
jazz. This festival is to celebrate all music
that has been inspired from Louisiana cultures.
Music fills the air while a variety of vendors
fill the streets of New Orleans with local food
and crafts for visitors to see. This area is
dedicated to the cultural and historical
practices uniquely found in Louisiana. Come and
visit the New Orleans the last week of April and
the first week of May to see this spectacular
Crawfish Festival
Crawfish Capital of the World, was the title give
to Breaux Bridge in 1960, by the Legislation.
Since then every May is the Annual Crawfish
Festival. This festival has become one of the
largest gathering of famous Cajun, Zydeco, and
Swamp Pop musicians. Over a three day period
thirty bands will perform while hundreds of
people will flock to Breaux Bridge to enjoy the
many crawfish dishes prepared. Cook-offs,
crawfish races, dance contests, parades and
carnival rides are great ways to entertain the
entire family.
Gonzales, Louisiana was named Jambalaya Capital
of the World in 1968. Wonderful news like this
deserves a festival, and that is exactly how it
happened. In October of every year the Annual
Jambalaya Festival is held. At least 69 cook
compete for the Jambalaya World Title.
Previous year events may have included a boxing
match on the football field, bingo in the gym,
and live bands playing while the Jambalaya Queen
reigns over the events. Recent festival events
include live bands, a 5K run, cooking contests,
and carnival rides for the kids. The Queen still
reigns over the events as the fun continues for
all ages.
Jambalaya Festival
Peach Festival
Every June, Ruston celebrates the fact that they
have the largest peach orchards in Louisiana.
The Annual Peach Festival has a variety of
entertainment such as a pie eating contest,
fishing tournaments, a rodeo, and an antique car
show. Come and join Queen Dixie Gem and Princess
Peach as they dance the night away at the Peach
Every 3rd Weekend in August
Delcambre Shrimp Festival
Come join the Delcambe Shrimp Festival King and
Queen as they celebrate their economic livelihood
with a weekend of fais-do-dos, carnival rides,
Cajun food, and more. As the weekend comes to an
end the fleet of shrimp boats are blessed and the
journey begins.
Come to Gueydan for the annual Duck Festival.
Enjoy the great food, live bands, parades,
pageants, auctions, carnival rides, and crafts.
Enter to win the Skeet Shooting Contest or the
Duck and Goose Calling Contest. Cooking Contests
are held throughout the weekend so come on over
and get your taste of Cajun culture.
Gueydan Duck Festival
Every August
Both young and old are encouraged to bring an
instrument and jam in the session that take place
during the weekend events at the Louisiana Folk
Roots Tent. Fine artists and craftspeople fill
booths with their unique artwork and design at
the Louisiana Crafts Fair. Throughout the
weekend the Cajun Culture comes to life with
music and crafts.
Festival Acadien
Third Weekend in September
New Iberia honors the sugar industry every
September with the Annual Sugarcane Festival.
Weekend activities include the Kings Reception,
the Sugarcane Festival Run, The Queens Sugar
Contest, a festive ball, and the blessing of the
crops. The annual boat parade is one of the most
entertaining parades of the weekend. Boats are
decorated and driven down a Bayou Tech while
candy is thrown into the crowds of people waving
along the river bank. Fireworks, fais-do-dos,
craft shows, and contests are great activities
for the family.
Louisiana Cattle Festival
Originally known as the Dairy Festival, the
Cattle Festival is a weekend dedicated to
Louisianas cattle industry. The fun-filled
three-day festival includes events such as
cooking contests, pageant, livestock shows, and
parades. While walking through downtown
Abbeville, you can see the streets are lined
with booths of food, drinks, souvenirs, and
crafts. Carnival ride cover the parking areas as
laughter fills the air. Enjoy the southern
hospitality while listening to the live music and
watching the brave as they ride the mechanical
bull for the longest 8 seconds of their life.
First Weekend in October
Over two-thousand gallons of gumbo is prepared
for the Bridge City Gumbo Festival in October.
Cajun and Zydeco music fill the air as children
from all around are entered into the Most
Beautiful Child Contest. Some visitors will
enjoy the 5K run across the Huey P. Long Bridge
while others fill their stomachs as they walk to
the different booths located throughout the fair.
King Creole Gumbo and Miss Creole Gumbo will be
there welcoming everyone to this festive event.
Cotton Festival
A beautiful harvest mass followed by a colorful
parade and then Le Tournoi de la Ville Platte
(traditional jousting touranment). This is what
one can expect in October for the Cotton Festival
in Ville Plate, Louisiana. There is a full week
of carnival rides and live bands for the children
to enjoy. A king and queen from the local
nursing home, a cooking contest and the Cotton
Pickin Pet Show is held on the first two days of
this celebration. Le Tourni de la Ville Platte,
the annual jousting tournament, is held on the
last day as the Knights of the Round Table battle
against the evils that destroy cotton crops. The
festival comes to an end when the winning knight
escorts the Tourni Queen to the Cotton Festival
Crowley is the home of one of Louisianas
oldest and largest festivals, the Rice Festival.
This festival calls attention to the importance
of rice in Louisianas economy. The weekend is
filled with balls and banquets, livestock shows,
musical entertainment, pageants, and parades. If
you know how to prepare an excellent rice dish
just enter the rice cookery contest and become
Chef de Riz or Master Cook of Rice.
Rice Festival
Every 3rd Weekend in October
Yambilee Festival
The Yambilee Festival is held every October in
Opelousas, Louisiana. This festival originated
over a cup of coffee shared between two friends.
The festival is a way of honoring the sweet
potato industry and to assist in the advancement
and progress of the State of Louisiana. This
week long festival includes activities such as
parades, pageants, carnival rides, music and
Colfax is the home of the Pecan Festival. The
Queens Pageants are held in October officially
kicking off the events but the festival itself
takes place in November. Festival activities
include craft booths, costume contests, cooking
contests, musical entertainment, carnival rides,
and fireworks.
Zwolle Tamale Fiesta
This three day fiesta is held in October on the
Zwolle Festival Grounds. The celebration stems
from a combination of Spanish and Indian efforts
to create the worlds best tamale. There are
plenty of delicious hot tamales, dancing, arts
and crafts, parades, and activities for all the
entire family. It also features arm wrestling
contests, treasure hunts, costume contests,
rides, food booths and a Fiesta Mud Bog Race for
Cracklin Festival
Like most festivals the Cracklin Festival has
pageants, live music, arts and crafts, parades,
cook-offs, and rides for people of all ages. The
Lions Club in Porte Barre, created this festival
as a fund-raiser. Each November the profits from
this event is donated to people with special
needs or causes.
Rayne Frog Festival
Come and watch as the young ladies compete to
become the Frog Derby Queen. These young ladies
dress up as jockeys while showing off their live
dressed-up frogs as the compete in a frog jumping
contest. Now this is entertainment. The Frog
Festival is an unusual but exciting weekend
dedicated to celebrating Raynes heritage of
being the largest worldwide shipper of frog legs
throughout the 20th century. The weekend is
filled with activities such a diaper race,
fais-do-dos, carnival rides, food booths, and
pageants. Come join the fun!
Every November
Swine Festival
Held in November
Come and celebrate the Swine Festival every
November in Basile, Louisiana. Although swine is
no longer an industry of Basile, the festival
still celebrates the swine industry and the Cajun
Culture. King Porky and Queen Petunia have put
together a variety of activities that can keep
one entertained throughout the weekend. Hog
calling and greasy pig chases are just as much
fun to watch as they are to participate in. Come
to Basile to enjoy the carnival rides, parades
and delicious Cajun Cuisines this November.
Join us in Natchitoches, Louisiana as we tour the
city for the Christmas Festival. This festival
begins on November 22, and continues until New
Years. Mini- Festivals are
held every weekend in December. Tours of the
cities beautiful homes are
available nightly via carriage or street car.
Spectacular firework
displays are shown over the Cane River Lake every
Saturday and at midnight on New Years Eve.
Many visit this beautiful city
each year to enjoy the live entertainment,
craft shows, food fairs, light displays,
riverbank vendors, shops, and
Christmas Festival
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