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Don't Miss Mardi Gras in Cajun Bayou

You don’t want to miss your last chance (this year) to experience Mardi Gras season up and down the Bayou! This weekend leading up to Fat Tuesday is full of parades and fun. Cajuns celebrate Mardi Gras with many traditions that highlight our vibrant culture while creating an atmosphere that’s all about celebrating life and having a good time. Here are our top 5 reasons why you don’t want to miss Mardi Gras on the Bayou.

King Cake Galore

What’s a Mardi Gras celebration without King Cake? There really is none. But, forget what you’ve heard about traditional King Cakes because we do it a little differently on the Bayou. Whether it’s King Cake Beignets at Spahr’s Seafood Restaurant or Cajun Pecan House’s famous treats, you can enjoy King Cake many different ways while celebrating. You can find our local bakeries here.

Feasting and Fun

Don’t stress about packing a sandwich or a bag of chips! We’ve got you covered when it comes to delicious food. Here, you’ll witness a true Bayou-style parade that include streets lined up with barbecue pits and boiling pots of seafood, all made for the sole purpose of feeding parade goers. The atmosphere is full of the delicious smells and the sound of the best dancing music. Our restaurants along the Cajun Bayou Food Trail also have you covered too. With so many spots along the parade routes you can grab a po-boy or some boiled seafood to-go.

True Family-Friendly Fun

When we celebrate Mardi Gras, it’s a party fit for everyone! Whether it’s a family-friendly environment to enjoy the beautiful floats and throws, or the vibrant life of the Downtown areas, there’s always a place for every parade goer. We make room for everyone to have access to the beautifully decorated Mardi Gras floats. And forget the idea of the massive, overwhelming crowds of larger cities. Being only a few people away from the parade route, you’ll be sure to fill up your bag with plenty of your favorite Mardi Gras throws!

The People

These parades are where the locals go. Forget not knowing anybody, because here everyone knows EVERYBODY! You’ll find moms, dads, kids, grandparents, the whole family, all attending the parades together. Everyone is there to greet you with a big smile and a grand-ole time. Even if you had to travel here, we’ll get to know you and welcome you in. We’re all friends and family, so don’t be surprised if a complete stranger offers you a burger, a beer, or a place to watch the parade.

Our Unique Routes (aka where you watch the Parades)

Whether you find yourself up or down the Bayou, there’s something special about our parades. If you think you’ve missed anyone along the route, don’t panic! Our routes are within blocks of one another, so mark your spot and catch the driver’s side, then cross on over a few blocks to catch the passenger side fun. It’s double the fun and experience.

Come on down for Mardi Gras in Louisiana’s Cajun Bayou! Carnival Season 2019 has just begun and rolls through Mardi Gras day on March 5th. Check here for the full schedule.


4 Tours to Take in Cajun Bayou This Summer

In Louisiana’s Cajun Bayou there are some great ways to beat the summer heat. Here are four must-see tours to take this summer! 

Lafourche Live Oak Tour

Spend a day taking a leisurely scenic drive up and down the Bayou to view majestic, centuries old live oak trees on the self-guided Lafourche Live Oak Tour. These towering giants have stood through decades of history draped with Spanish moss and brilliant green leaves. It’s not just the trees you will see, as you read a part of their history, you’ll begin to understand the Cajun way of life that helped shape the communities today. Stop in the visitor’s center in Raceland or check out the website for the official guide and map.

Bayou Country Children’s Museum

Kids can get hands-on with our authentic Cajun lifestyle at the Bayou Country Children’s Museum. From driving a real sugarcane harvester to fishing off a shrimp boat, the museum offers interactive play that also teaches how we have been making a living since the beginning. You can even “make groceries” in the market and pretend like you are riding a Mardi Gras float throwing beads to the crowd. You can even climb aboard a firetruck and police cruiser at the new outdoor playground exhibit set to open in July.

Swamp Tours

If there’s any place locals like to be in the summertime it’s on the water! The wildlife is abundant and a breeze is just a boat ride away. There are lots of options to view the swamp and yes… alligators! Take a flat bottom boat that meanders through the cypress trees and wetlands or a thrilling airboat tour gliding over the water. Alligators are at their best in the summer, so if your goal is to catch a glimpse of one, summer is the perfect opportunity.   

Cajun Bayou Food Trail

With all these adventures, you’ll certainly work up and appetite. That’s where the Cajun Bayou Food Trail comes in! There are 15 restaurants up and down the Bayou all serving up authentic Cajun dishes made from local, delicious ingredients. Tasting the food is only part the experience. You’ll discover generations of unique traditions and culture living within the people and places you visit. From homemade plate lunches to gourmet specials and boiled seafood, there’s something different at every stop. Getting on the Trail is easy! Just download your map and passport and once you’ve received seven stamps, you’ll earn your free t-shirt (and bragging rights!) 

Make it a weekend in Louisiana’s Cajun Bayou! Plan your trip today!


March in Louisiana's Cajun Bayou

 

After a cold winter, spring has arrived in Louisiana’s Cajun Bayou. And up and down the bayou there are plenty of activities and events to enjoy. Here’s a look at what’s happening around town in March.

 

Choctaw Fireman's Fair

CHOCTAW FIREMAN'S FAIR - March 2-4

This year markets the 35th annual Choctaw Volunteer Firemen’s Fair. Throughout the weekend visitors and residents alike can enjoy rides, food and plenty of music. Friday night you can pull up a chair and listen to music from 6 p.m. to midnight with Will Cooper & Southern Groove, followed by Junior Lacrosse.  Both will be playing a variety of music from swamp pop, old school rock and roll and everything in between.

 

Arts Walk 2017

ARTS WALK DOWNTOWN THIBODAUX - March 16

The annual Downtown Arts Walk is a perfect girlfriend’s night out or couples looking to have a romantic evening on the town.  There’s something about strolling through downtown and visiting the shops, boutiques and restaurants housing some of the area’s most remarkable and celebrated artist.  Throughout the historic district, you’ll find a mix of art styles ranging from watercolors, tapestry, jewelry and prints of local scenic wetlands. And while you enjoy the arts at several local restaurants, you can order a drink, share an appetizers or a dinner before heading back out to enjoy a few more tour spots. Finish off the evening by stopping by another of the downtown restaurants or bars for a nightcap, once you picked up a few pieces of art along the way.

 

St. Patrick's Day on the Bayou

ST. PATRICK'S DAY ON THE BAYOU - March 17

Experience a twist on our St. Patrick’s Day celebration with the first ever St. Patrick’s Day on the Bayou. Here, you can combine the holiday with taking your paddle board, kayak, canoe or pirogue for a journey down beautiful Bayou Lafourche. Compete by yourself, with a team and there’s even a place for kids to get in on the action too. For those really adventurous folks, ditch the kayak or canoe for a cardboard boat, created out of only cardboard and tape! After some fun on the water, enjoy the social area with food, drinks and live music. Live music will begin at 5 p.m. with Russ Cheramie Acoustic and The Soul Survivors at 7 p.m.

Best Sunrises and Sunsets of 2017

There's something so beautiful about the natural, unpolished beauty of the Bayou in Lafourche Parish. The sunrises and sunsets are truly unbeatable. We've gathered up some of the best ones in 2017 so you can enjoy them all over again! 

 

1. Sunrise on Bayou Lafourche 

2. Sunset up the Bayou

3. Sunset Among the Bayou Trees

4. Gulf of Mexico Sunset in Lafourche 

5. Pretty in Pink Bayou Sunset

 

 


Living Local at the French Food Festival

Let’s face it; whenever we come together down the bayou, it’s all about having a good time. There is no truer statement associated with our festival culture in Louisiana’s Cajun Bayou. The French Food Festival exemplifies this Cajun truism and any festival with the word “food” in the name won’t disappoint! Here is a local perspective on how to “do” the French Food Festival. Ready, let's GEAUX!
 
START PLANNING YOUR SECOND FOOD SELECTION WHILE IN LINE FOR THE FIRST

We live to eat! Another Cajun truth! Fifty percent (a very safe estimate) of your time will be spent eating at the French Food Festival; the other fifty will be visiting with family and friends (with food in your hand). This festival celebrates a variety of Cajun cuisine, alligator sauce piquant, shrimp boulettes, etouffee, jambalaya, grillades, crawfish pasta, gumbo, did I say shrimp boulettes! Once you have decided which tasty offering to start with, get in line. It’s perfectly normal and very wise to start planning your next selection while waiting in line for the first. It’s what locals do! If you are visiting our Cajun Bayou for the first time then don’t be shy cher’ (sha!) We “make friends” easily, love to talk and share our wonderful cuisine!

COME MAKE THE VEILLER (VAY-YAY)

Spending the evening talking with friends or making new ones for the first time, it’s the Cajun equivalent of shooting the breeze! With a comfortable chair in hand you’re going to want to claim a spot somewhere under the giant pavilion near the dance floor, but still a safe distance away for conversation. Locals, “make the veiller” to reconnect, eat and drink together and catch up. It’s a Cajun thing! We will gladly take you under our wing and before you know it you’ll be “making the veiller” too! You will also be in position to enjoy some of the best local musicians on the bayou!

PRESERVING OUR CAJUN CULTURE

We tell our story through our food and music, it’s part of our cultural heritage and legacy. The French Food Festival is a celebration of our way of life. From the Les Artistes du Bayou art contest and exhibit, to the multiple generations of families that have dedicated themselves to cook and serve the Cajun delicacies, the festival preserves our legacy. And as the locals say, “C’est Tout”: That is all…


Experience the Cajun Lifestyle at Fall Festivals

All up and down the Bayou you’ll find the best in Cajun food, music, and traditions at our fall festivals. There’s really something special about each one you visit and we want you to our authentic Cajun celebrations for yourself. Whether it’s the dozens of local food vendors serving up samples of our famous cuisine or swinging your dance partner around on the floor to the sounds of a Cajun beat, you won’t soon forget your festival experience in Cajun Bayou.

Here is a full list of the fun happening this fall! Check out our Calendar of Events page for detailed info!

TaWaSi Collectable and Antiques Show
September 8-10

Cajun Hawg Bassmasters
September 10

Cut Off Youth Center Hurricane Festival
September 22-24

La Fete Des Vieux Temps
October 6-8

Bayou Music Festival
October 7

Louisiana Gumbo Festival
October 13-15

Laurel Valley Plantation Festival
October 15

French Food Festival
October 26-29

 Acadia Music Festival
October 28

Louisiana Swamp Stomp
November 4

Big Boy’s Main Street Cook-Off
November 10

Thibodeauxville Fall Festival
November 11


Find Your Inner Cajun in Louisiana's Cajun Bayou

Cajun. It’s a word that encompasses so many things in Louisiana’s Cajun Bayou. Cajun is a lifestyle that defines families, traditions, and experiences. And at its heart, Cajun is about people- not just the folks who live here, but also our visitors, who we welcome like family and encourage embracing our authentic way of life. Once you begin you adventure up and down the Bayou, we think you’ll find you’ve always had a little piece of Cajun in you, too. These are some great ways to find your inner Cajun here in Louisiana’s Cajun Bayou!

Take A Swamp Tour

One of the best ways to dive right in to the Cajun atmosphere is on a swamp tour. Choose a fast-paced airboat tour or a meandering pontoon boat… either way, you’ll come back feeling (and maybe speaking) a little more Cajun. Whether you’re feeling adventurous or looking for some relaxation, our swamp tours will take you on a journey that you’ll never forget. Our tour guides are storytellers who know how to weave a tale … and make you feel like you’ve jumped right into a great book full of Cajun culture and tradition. And you won’t be just listening to the story; you’ll become part of it as you interact with wildlife, feel warm breezes, and listen to the sounds of the swamp. 

Go On A Fishing Trip

There’s something about being on the water in Louisiana’s Cajun Bayou that’s so peaceful, yet so exhilarating. With so many types of fish and seafood – shrimp, crabs, oysters -- to be caught in our bountiful waters, hopping on a charter fishing trip is a satisfying and memorable way to spend the day. Cajuns love to fish. It’s a pastime shared with friends and family and an experience our charter captains are eager to share with visitors, too. They’ll teach you how to cast a line, explain how Cajuns make their living on the water, and take you to favorite spots where you’re guaranteed to reel in the big one. A beautiful day on a boat with an ice chest full of fish (and probably some beers from our local brewery, Mudbug) will have you feeling as proud as a Cajun bringing in their daily catch. 

Explore Our Museums 

Visit our many museums –for adults and kids alike, and truly immerse yourself in the Cajun experience, learning how we work hard but also know how to truly enjoy life. Live the life of a real Cajun as you touch handcrafted boats more than 400 hundreds years old, hear the sounds of the French Acadian language still spoken today, take kids on an interactive drive through sugarcane fields, or use your own hands to make shrimping nets. Just like those nets, the Cajun lifestyle is beautifully woven into the history of Lafourche Parish, all up and down the Bayou. The first Cajuns didn’t just live here; they worked and made a living from every natural element available to them, just as they do today. 

Eat Our Food

Cajuns live to eat! With so much flavor and history behind every bite, our world-famous cuisine is one more experience we love to share with our guests. Learning how to crack open crabs and peel shrimp and crawfish are rites of passage for visitors seeking to become honorary Cajuns. And if you don’t know what you’re doing at the Cajun table, don’t worry: there’s always a local expert around to teach you. A Cajun’s motto is, “The best way to a person’s heart is through the stomach,” and that’s a promise delivered. Once you’ve had the crash course in boiled seafood, don’t forget to try the home-cooked meals and overstuffed poboys you’ll find at any of our restaurants up and down the Bayou. You won’t leave Louisiana’s Cajun Bayou hungry, that’s for sure. You’ll learn to eat – and maybe even cook – just like a Cajun.

Louisiana’s Cajun Bayou in Lafourche Parish is a place with an authentic Cajun lifestyle unlike any other. Is your inner Cajun ready to explore “Where Cajun Runs Deep?” Come see the unpolished, unspoiled beauty of the Bayou. Plan your trip today


Best Museums in Lafourche Parish

History and culture are a big part of what makes Lafourche Parish so unique. The variety of museums in our community creates a hands-on and authentic experience into our deep Cajun heritage known around the world. From centuries old boats to sugarcane harvesting lessons, these are just a few of the best museums to visit as you get to know “up and down” Bayou Lafourche.

Best Museums in Lafourche Video

For museum hours and locations, visit our Things to Do page.


Favorite After Five Cocktail Spots

It’s no secret that Lafourche Parish is a great place to “pass a good time” and with all our cocktail hot spots, happy hour has never been tastier. Enjoy some downtime on the bayou as our bartenders mix up some of the most unique drinks you’ll find in Lafourche. These are our top picks for the best places to grab a drink after five. 

Cinclare

Cinclare, a new addition to Downtown Thibodaux and has been wowing both food and drink lovers with their eclectic cocktails and rustic menu. Every week features a new cocktail like the Waterlily; mixed with Plymouth Gin, Creme de Violet, Cointreau and fresh lemon juice. You’ll want to try out their fresh, contemporary southern cuisine while you’re there. 
Open nightly Wednesday-Saturday. 

Mudbug Brewery

Mudbug is brewing up great local beers bursting with distinct flavors that center on our Cajun culture. Sample unique brews like the King Cake Ale, White Boot Louisiana Blonde Ale, and Intracoastal IPA. Eight beers are always on tap in the tasting room open Thursday-Saturday evenings. Hint: Grab your favorite brews to share back home at our local grocery stores.

Donner-Peltier Distillery

Our favorite mixed drinks are made with liquor from Donner-Peltier Distillers in Thibodaux. Taste the Oryza Chiller made with their signature vodka or the mojito mixed with Rougaroux Rum made from sugarcane right here in Lafourche. You’ll find their spirits at most area bars including specialty drinks at Spahr’s Seafood, Fremin’s, and Alumni Grill. Learn about the distilling process on a guided tours and tastings Monday- Saturday.

Flanagan's 

Flanagan’s Restaurant Bar is great for gathering with friends and family and known for its refreshing Long Island Ice Tea. Dine on weekly specials featuring Cajun cuisine while you sip your cocktail.
Open daily Tuesday-Sunday.

Beck's

Head down the bayou to the back porch of Beck’s for beautiful view of Bayou Lafourche. Enjoy live music from local musicians while dining on steaks, burgers, and Cajun cuisine. Happy hour is from 3-7 pm every Tuesday and Wednesday. 

Frank's Lounge

For the “World’s Best” Blood Mary stop by Frank’s Lounge in Des Allemandes where the friendly, laid back atmosphere will have you feeling like a true Cajun. You won’t meet a stranger at this stop! Cold beer and margaritas are also popular.

Cher'Amie's

A tasty seafood restaurant, Cher'Amie's, is just down the bayou and has a variety of drink specials every week. Martini Monday, Tequila Tuesday, Wine Down Wednesday…the list goes on! You’re sure to have a cool, refreshing beverage any day.

These are just some of the great places along the Cajun Bayou to grab a cocktail. Be sure to view our full list of restaurants and bars up and down the bayou. There’s always something to see and do on the bayou! Get your Guide to the Bayou Life and plan your trip today. 


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