I couldn't believe it, but when you go to Louisiana you will see drive-thru daiquiri stands everywhere. This is the cool thing to do. As long as the driver doesn't drink it, then you're okay. Drinking and driving is against the law. But I was a passenger and I benefitted from stopping at one of these stands. I had the strawberry daiquiri and it was excellent!
5601 Johnston St
Lafayette, Louisiana 70503
In 1755, the French-speaking Acadians, now known as the Cajuns, were forced from their homeland in Nova Scotia, Canada by the British. Years later, many of those exiles journeyed to the Louisiana territory to find a new home along its southern region's fertile marshlands and prairies. There they joined another group of settlers called Creoles, the descendants of African, West Indian and European pioneers, as well as the Native Amicans.
The Creoles were carving out their niche in colonial Louisiana and the Native American tribes were indigenous to the region. Through innovation, cooperation and hard work, along with help of the Native Americans, the Cajuns and Creoles survived and eventually flourished in south Louisiana.
This is the deep south, and it is steeped in the old ways. I'll let you choose if you want to adhere to the old ways or "stick it to the man" you rebel you. It is expected to take a hat off indoors, old school chivallry ( I probably spelled that wrong , but I'm to lazy to look it up) and prepare to be attacked with all sort of rhetoric if you dare to criticise "Dubya's" economic policies.
Lafayette is the largest city in the area known as Acadiana. It is the center of Cajun Country. The local people are very proud of their Cajun culture and love to talk about their heritage. While some Cajuns do speak Cajun French, the majority of the people speak only English. This area is known for it's 'joie de vive.' If if like good food and good music, Lafayette is the place to visit.
If you can find it rent 'Belizaire the Cajun' a movie from the late 60's starring Armand Assante and set in the 1800. It will give you an idea of the Cajun heritage that can still be found today.