By far the best known example of Acadian Culture is Mardi Gras the celebration of "Fat Tuesday" before "Lent". Other get togethers (Les Visites) occur year round. Many of these are helping hand visits like House Plastering (tacherage); Boat Launching (mise a l'eau); Harvest (ramasserie); or Cattle Roundup (parcage). All of these would include lots...more
The Acadian Cultural Center in Lafayette tells stories of the origins, migration, settlement, and contemporary culture of the Acadians (Cajuns) and other area groups. Ranger programs, films, exhibits, and events share a variety of local traditions including music, story-telling, dance, and food, and explore the mysteries of the Atchafalaya Basin,...more
the jean lafitte national park and the barataria preserve has a number of walking trails where the visitor can get a good look at the various ecosystems of a southern louisiana swamp. the following things to do tips are a virtual tour of the bayou coquille trail. the jean lafette national park has eight trails which takes a full day to explore. if...more
pictured is a harmless water snake exiting the walkway on the bayou coquille trail. the swamps and bayous of southern louisiana are the habitats of alligators and cotton mouth moccasins. cotton mouth moccasins are a aggressive specie of venomous snake and should be avoided. when in the jean lafitte national park stay on the marked trails and do not handle or step on any snake in the area.
on picture number two i posted a picture of a cotton mouth moccasin for identification purposes.
One of the things that confuses many visitors to New Orleans and southern Louisiana are the terms Acadian (or Acadien); Cajun; and Creole. Acadian refers to descendants of the seventeenth-century French colonists who settled in Acadia (located in the Canadian Maritime provinces — Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and Prince Edward Island, Quebec, and in...more
Much of the life of Jean Lafitte is a mystery. We are not even sure if his name is spelled "Lafitte" or "Laffite". It is believed he was born in the early 1790s in France or St. Domingue (what is now Haiti). He came to Louisiana with his older brother Pierre by 1810. He had some legitimate businesses but was mostly a "privateer". A "privateer" has...more
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