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Louisiana's Cajun Bayou Remembers Hurricane Ida - One Year Later

Louisiana's Cajun Bayou Remembers Hurricane Ida - One Year Later

Louisiana’s Cajun Bayou has seen its fair share of challenges over the past two years. As all of our hotels, restaurants, attractions and events grappled with the COVID-19 pandemic and the ever-changing path forward, Lafourche Parish was dealt a devastating Category 4 blow on August 29, 2021.

Hurricane Ida, the second-most damaging and intense hurricane to ever hit the state of Louisiana, made landfall near Port Fourchon on the 29th and quickly made its way up Bayou Lafourche. The destruction left in its wake was nothing short of catastrophic. The aftermath has been felt by every single resident of our beloved parish, with towns down the bayou being some of the hardest hit.

However, the story does not end there. You see, Cajuns are no strangers to adversity. Some of the first settlers along the bayou, the Acadians, faced severe uncertainty and challenging times. That same strength, grit, and determination has been passed down for generations. It shined brightly the morning of August 30th, the day after landfall, as neighbors helped neighbors, communities helped communities, and friends from around the country rushed to our aid.
As our residents emerged to begin picking up the pieces of their lives, what we saw was not shattered windows, splintered trees and destroyed homes. It was people opening their homes to those without one, community organizations distributing critical aid to families that didn’t know what tomorrow would bring, and business owners giving away whatever they could to aid the cause. In the hot, humid days that followed, the words “how can I help” echoed off the banks of the bayou.

As the weeks grew into months, things began to get better. Debris was cleaned up, supplies distributed, roofs tarped and lights turned back on. Hotels – even though many were running on generators with damage of their own – manned their front desks and housed linemen, work crews and those in need of shelter. Our restaurants continued to serve hot meals to workers and first responders… day in and day out. Our own tourism team did not stop working one day, even though Ida destroyed our visitor center and offices. Everyone selflessly did their part to begin putting our destination back together. Along the way, we collectively showed the world what it truly means to be Cajun.
One year later, here we are. Our doors are back open, the tables are set, the beds are made and our lively festivals have returned. We are welcoming visitors back to experience our unapologetically Cajun culture once again. Even though there is a still a long way to go, we have come so very far over the course of one year. We would not be where we are today if it were not for our residents, government officials, community organizations, volunteers, linemen and those who came from far and wide to help us put the pieces back together.

We invite you to come be part of our continued recovery. Come stay awhile at one of our local hotels or B&B’s, taste authentic Cajun cooking at our family-owned restaurants, take a ride into our unspoiled swamps, or party like a local at one of our many festivals and events. We often say that the Bayou Life isn’t for anyone … it’s for everyone. And we mean it. There is truly no other place like Louisiana’s Cajun Bayou in Lafourche Parish. We can’t wait to welcome you to our incredibly resilient family.


You Gotta Try Louisiana's #1 Best Small Town Food Scene

When people think of America’s great food cities, New Orleans often tops the list. But it’s not just big cities that know their way around a menu. Plenty of small towns are noted for their food scenes, too … but only one in Louisiana! On June 17, USA Today 10Best announced that Thibodaux is the #2-ranked Best Small Town Food Scene in the entire United States. This is Thibodaux’s fourth time being nominated, and its second year in a row of taking the #2 position.

This was a Reader’s Choice Award contest, in which millions of the website’s readers voted for their favorite nominees in several “best small town” categories. After four weeks, the voting closed and the winners were announced on June 17. Not only did Thibodaux receive this honor, but it was the only Louisiana destination to be included on the list of nominees, proving that it continues to make its mark as one of the South’s top culinary destinations.


7 of the Most Instagramable Spots in Lafourche Parish

If you’re the kind of person who sees the world through a photographer’s lens or enjoys being creative, you’re in luck. We’ve rounded up some of the most “Instagrammable” spots throughout Louisiana’s Cajun Bayou. Whether you’re looking to up your Instagram game, find a new spot for your family pictures, or just need an excuse to get out and have some fun, these spots are guaranteed to give you the perfect #TravelTuesday or #PhotoOfTheDay post that will be the envy of all your friends.

Thibodaux Downtown Art Mural
505 W 2nd St, Thibodaux, LA, 70301


Spring Events are in Full Bloom!

Spring is making its way down the Bayou, brining warmer weather and plenty of fun along with it. Our festival season is in full bloom right now … and we encourage visitors and residents to see what all the buzz is about.

 


Celebrate Mardi Gras - Cajun Style!

This year, Mardi Gras is back on the Bayou and better than ever! Because COVID put a damper on last year’s celebrations, we have a lot of Mardi Gras to make up for in 2022. Not to worry … because we know how to celebrate here on the Bayou! From February 20 to March 1 (Fat Tuesday), krewes will be parading throughout Louisiana’s Cajun Bayou. You can find all the parade routes HERE. We recommend that you practice catching your throws now, just so you’ll be prepared in a couple of weeks. Grab some beads and get ready for some reveling … and laissez les bon temps rouler!

Sunday, February 20
Krewe of Shaka in Thibodaux, 12:30 p.m.
Krewe of Ambrosia in Thibodaux, 2:00 p.m.

Saturday, February 26
Krewe of Apollo in Lockport, 12:00 p.m.

Sunday, February 27
Krewe of Cleophas in Thibodaux, 12:30 p.m.
Krewe of Chronos in Thibodaux, 1:30 p.m.

Tuesday, March 1
Krewe of Gheens in Gheens, 11:00 a.m.
Krewe des Couyons in Golden Meadow, 12:00 p.m.
Krewe of Ghana in Thibodaux, 1:00 p.m.
Krewe of Choupic in Chackbay, 1:00 p.m.

And if you find yourself hungry and in the Mardi Gras spirit with all these parades, here are the best spots to get some king cake. We hope you’re the lucky one who finds the baby inside!
The Willow Café
713 West Third Street, Thibodaux, LA 70301
985-448-0444

Ninette’s Cake Shop
1050 S. Acadia Road, Thibodaux, LA 70301
985-447-1714

The Cake Shop
305 Crescent Avenue, Lockport, LA 70374
985-532-6339

Spahr’s Seafood (featuring king cake beignets)
601 W. Fourth Street, Thibodaux, LA 70301
3682 Highway 90 E., Des Allemands, LA 70030
16816 Highway 3235, Galliano, LA 70345
985-448-0487
Alumni Grill (featuring king cake cheesecake and milkshakes)
1130 LA-1, Thibodaux, LA 70301
985-492-1324

Cajun Pecan House
14808 W. Main Street, Cut Off, LA 70345
985-632-2337

If you’re interested in celebrating Mardi Gras with us but can’t make it to Louisiana’s Cajun Bayou to party in person, Cajun Pecan House ships its king cakes nationwide, offering the tastes of Carnival delivered right to your front door.

Have the perfect Mardi Gras outfit? Trying a king cake milkshake for the first time? Celebrating at home with your own king cake? Be sure to share it with us on social media using the hashtag #CajunBayouMardiGras.


Try Something New in 2022

January is the month of “new,” as we say goodbye to 2021, we look forward to the new year by establishing goals and perhaps dreams of new adventures ahead. Did you make a resolution to become more active this year? Or to step outside your comfort zone and try new things? Perhaps you plan to adopt a new hobby. Whatever you’ve set your sights on doing in 2022, Louisiana’s Cajun Bayou is ready to support the “new” you in this new year. Here are some ideas to get you started:

If you’re looking to be more active or spend more time outside …

Nicholls State Bayou-Side Park opened last summer so locals and visitors would have an incredibly accessible place to launch their own kayaks and paddle boards right in the heart of Thibodaux. A paddle up and down Bayou Lafourche is a great way to explore something new while being active and enjoying the great outdoors.


Tis' the Season in Louisiana's Cajun Bayou

‘Tis the season to be jolly in Louisiana’s Cajun Bayou! Here in Lafourche Parish, we’re known for our unique Cajun culture, and we amp it up just a little bit more at Christmastime. We have a few special traditions you won’t find in other spots around the planet.

Instead of Santa Claus arriving on Christmas Eve, children all along the bayou eagerly await the appearance of Papa Noel. Similar to Santa (but -- dare we say – better) Papa Noel leaves toys for the kids, but he ditches the flying sleigh and reindeer and instead travels via pirogue, which is basically a Cajun canoe, along the waters of the bayou. And – BIG bonus – that pirogue is pulled by alligators instead of reindeer!

Yeah. We know. How could it get better? Well … we light bonfires along the bayou to help Papa Noel find his way to each and every home to deliver his toys. On Christmas Eve, you see little bonfires along the bayou – best spotted if you travel by boat, but please be sure you don’t get in Papa Noel’s way and slow down his journey!


Fall into These Events this November

Louisiana’s Cajun Bayou is still deep in recovery mode after Hurricane Ida struck in late August. Residents, business owners, work crews, friends and family are all hard at work rebuilding our beloved Lafourche Parish. For those who find themselves wanting a well-deserved break and a reason to smile, the parish will be home to several events that welcome everyone to join the fun.

The Pelican State Goes to War

November 1 – December 15, weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


Tourism Helping Tourism

On August 29, Hurricane Ida hit Louisiana’s Cajun Bayou as a Category 4 hurricane, bringing devastation and destruction to our beloved bayou. Businesses, homes and treasured belongings were damaged … some temporarily and others permanently. However, thanks to lots of hard work, dedication and Louisianan resiliency, Louisiana’s Cajun Bayou is busy rebuilding.

One month out, we would not be where we are without the help of several tourism partners who selflessly stepped forward in our time of need and lent a helping hand.


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