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    by Travlee Written Jan 19, 2004

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    I have lived in Lafayette my whole life and this is truly a great place! Mardi Gras is absolutely one of the cannot miss activites here!

    Our Mardi Gras is second only to New Orleans! We have parades the Friday, Saturday, Monday and of course Mardi Gras Day! Mardi Gras in Lafayette is alot more family oriented so you don't have all the flashing and nudity to deal with. However it is just as much fun!!! There are alot of throws and we have a huge carnival with a bandstand that plays all different types of music. My in-laws came to Mardi Gras from Kansas last year and they just had a blast!!! If you want to come and spend Mardi Gras with us though you need to book your Hotel early because they run out of rooms every year.

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    The Strip

    by Jmill42 Written Jun 21, 2003

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    "The Strip" is the stretch of bars and clubs that all of Lafayette's party'ers search out every weekend. To many clubs to name, and no reason to name them. Just head down to that area and pick the one that seems the best to you. If you like a packed house they definitely have that. Or, if you want to sit back and hang out in a quite bar, they have that too. I'll list some specific clubs in the "nightlife" section.

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    Vermillionville

    by Helga67 Updated May 23, 2003

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    Vermilionville, Lafayette

    Vermilionville is the original name of the modern-day city of Lafayette, the self-proclaimed capital of Cajun Louisiana; it also is the name of a living history museum and folklife village located in same city.
    Vermilionville is a great place to learn more about the Cajun people and their way of living. It's a 23-acre Cajun and Creole heritage & folklife park with 5 restored original historic homes and 12 reproductions. Visit the historical houses, see the costumed craftspeople making art, listen to authentic Zydeco music or watch a traditional Cajun cooking demo.

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    Cajun music

    by Helga67 Updated May 23, 2003

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    Cajun music

    In the Performance Center you can listen to authentic Cajun music, called Zydeco. If you dare, dance with the locals the cajun dance. On Sundays, you'll find the locals here for an afternoon outing with music and dance.

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    La Chapelle des Attakapas

    by Helga67 Updated May 23, 2003

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    Church, Vermilionville

    This is a reproduction based on the Catholic church at St. Martinville.
    The Acadians were Roman Catholics and Catholicism was the only religion legally allowed to be practiced in Louisiana before the Louisiana Purchase in 1803.

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    L'Académie de Vermilionville

    by Helga67 Updated May 23, 2003

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    Schoolhouse, Vermilionville

    In this schoolhouse, you may see the lines "I will not speak French in school", on the blackboard recalling the time in the early 20th century when Louisiana law forbade the speaking of Southwest Louisiana's principal language.

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    Le Magasin

    by Helga67 Updated May 23, 2003

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    Le Magasin

    This replica of an Acadian barn features crucial early survival skills: boat building, net and trap making, and decoy carving.
    Early Acadians lived near water and used the bayous for transportation, for communication, for hunting and fishing.

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    Cajun houses

    by Helga67 Updated May 23, 2003

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    Cajun house

    On this pic, you can see the schoolhouse (left) and Beau Bassin (right). They are a blend of Creole and American Greek Revival styles.
    Spinning, weaving, quilting, and textile crafts are demonstrated in Beau Bassin.

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    Listening and dancing to...

    by larsy Written Sep 12, 2002

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    Listening and dancing to Zydeco Music
    An Black creole artform, catchy but I find it harder to dance to. Keith Frank is a good artist. 'Moving on up' is a favorite of mine its the Jefferson theme song remake. 'CornBread' is also a classic.

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    University of Louisiana at...

    by larsy Written Sep 12, 2002

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    University of Louisiana at Lafayette (refered to by some as U-lala, get it?)
    Our campus is rather cute, based on new England college design (which is not reflected in this aweful picture which I got off its web site). It has an attendence of 17,000 and is the 2nd biggest university in Louisiana.

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    Very close to the Jungle...

    by Dr._Aldakov Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Very close to the Jungle Garden there is a museum dedicated to Tabasco factory situated there. As it turns out, it was first found nowhere else but here, so you'll be able to enjoy these famous sauces from their origin... (I personally wasn't there, but I wish I was).

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    Festival International de...

    by Rude_boy22 Updated Aug 24, 2002

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    Festival International de Louisianne: Lafayette, La.
    For a taste of some real Louisiana culture without as much touristry and danger as you would find in New Orleans, try the Festival International. In April of each year, the smaller town has one of it's many festivals, this one celebrating music from many different cultures. Over 5oo artists from over 15 countries are brought in for the celebration. Past festivals have had performers such as the Skatalites, as well as the many great blues bands from nearby. Make sure to make it to the local clubs afterwards. Sometimes big names will show up unnanounced. I saw one of the Neville Bros. do a suprise show in a punk club once!

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  • FESTIVALS:Festival...

    by tlf3082 Updated Aug 24, 2002

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    FESTIVALS:

    Festival International de Louisiane

    Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival

    Festival International de Louisiane -- Features live music, arts, crafts, dancing and food from all over the world.

    Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival-- The place to go to eat crawfish, dance, and listen to live Cajun and Zydeco music.

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    Vermillionville: Flowers

    by Basaic Written Jan 13, 2010

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    The site of Vermillionville is very nicely landscaped with lots of nice plants and plenty of beautiful flowers.

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    Vermillionville: Native Americans

    by Basaic Written Jan 13, 2010

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    Before the Acadian settlers arrived the area was home to several tribes of Native Americans. Relations were strained at times; but the Acadians and the Native Americans learned to coexist.

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