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Founded by Spaniards in 1779 on the banks of Bayou Teche, New Iberia eventually became home to French settlers known as Acadians, who had been driven from Nova Scotia by British troops. The Acadians, who in their new home came to be known as Cajuns, imbued the region with their unique cultural traditions and cuisine. Today the area—which is home to world-famous Tabasco® hot pepper sauce—is renowned for its food, music and festivals, which draw from the melting pot of Spanish, French, African-American and Creole heritage.

New Iberia’s dedication to preserving its history has helped the community win accolades for its restored Main Street and historic downtown area. A walking tour of the East Main Street National Register Residential District reveals the stomping grounds of famed Detective Dave Robicheaux, the main character in novels by New Iberia native and Pulitzer Prize-winning author James Lee Burke. History is on display in the Bayou Teche Museum and at Shadows-on-the-Teche, an antebellum home was once occupied by Union soldiers during the Civil War. New Iberia also is home to the South’s largest source of quality religious articles, the Rosary House, which draws visitors from far and near to buy hand-made rosaries, devotional candles, statues and medals.

In anticipation of the solemn Lenten season each year, New Iberia throws a festive Mardi Gras celebration, with parades, balls and much revelry. September brings the Louisiana Sugar Cane Festival and Fair, and in October, get ready for the World Championship Gumbo Cook-off. Whether dancing to a fiddle and accordion at a fais-do-do, or perfecting their culinary talents at year-round festivals, people in this area are dedicated to their signature slogan: Laissez les bons temps rouler! Let the good times roll!

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    City: New Iberia
    317 E. Main St. New Iberia, LA 70560
    Built for a wealthy sugar planter in 1834, Shadows-on-the-Teche was home to four generations before becoming a National Trust Historic Site.  Live Oaks draped with Spanish Moss cast shadows on...
    City: New Iberia
    1201 East Admiral Doyle Drive New Iberia, LA 70560
    Sun-Thurs 11AM-9:30PM; Fri-Sat 11AM-10PM. Oversized buffet tables with more than 80 items arranged beautifully that capture the favorite flavors of China, Japan and Mongolia. Banquet facility and...
    City: New Iberia
    713 Northwest Bypass (Highway 3212) New Iberia, LA 70560
    Full service campground just north of Highway 90 (Exit #126) with 30 and 50 amp hookups. Pull through and back in slots available, check-in at noon, with open check-out. During your stay enjoy the...
    City: New Iberia
    2908 Belvedere Ave. New Iberia, LA 70563
    Vibes is a multi-instrument old school r&b band from New Iberia, La. They specialize in funk, blues, jazz and old school/contemporary r&b. The band is currently available to play at festivals,...
    City: New Iberia
    Lewis Street at Hwy 90 New Iberia, LA 70560
    Locatd in Pennywise conveience store. Cajun/Louisiana souvenirs, cajun folk art & gifts, cookbooks, alligator heads & Jewlery. Please call for hours of operation.
    City: New Iberia
    111 Iberia Street New Iberia, LA 70560
     Visit with JaJa (cajun french) and discover treasures from yesteryear.  Come & experience a shop filled with furniture, glass (depression, etc.)  lamps, pottery, china,...
    City: New Iberia
    723 South Lewis Street New Iberia, LA 70560
    Sun-Thurs 11AM-9:30PM; Fri-Sat 11AM-10PM. Chinese buffet with 24 items to choose from, including ice cream and a large fruit bar. Dine in or carry out.
    City: New Iberia
    5505 Rip Van Winkle Road New Iberia, LA 70560
    Daily 9AM-5PM. Last house tour 4PM. Admission. Tour the Joseph Jefferson Home, Rip's Rookery and a semi-tropical garden surrounding beautiful Lake Peigneur. View the film of the 1980 catastrophe on...
    City: St. Martinville
    5400 Levee Rd. St. Martinville, LA 70582
    6AM-9PM. 50 campsites, 18 lakeside cabins. Fishing, nature trails, campsites, cabins, picnic tables, pavilions, boat and canoe rentals, conference center (Capacity 100). Adjacent to one of the...
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Founded by Spaniards in 1779 on the banks of Bayou Teche, New Iberia eventually became home to French settlers known as Acadians, who had been driven from Nova Scotia by British troops. The Acadians, who in their new home came to be known as Cajuns, imbued the region with their unique cultural traditions and cuisine. Today the area—which is home to world-famous Tabasco® hot pepper sauce—is renowned for its food, music and festivals, which draw from the melting pot of Spanish, French, African-American and Creole heritage.

New Iberia’s dedication to preserving its history has helped the community win accolades for its restored Main Street and historic downtown area. A walking tour of the East Main Street National Register Residential District reveals the stomping grounds of famed Detective Dave Robicheaux, the main character in novels by New Iberia native and Pulitzer Prize-winning author James Lee Burke. History is on display in the Bayou Teche Museum and at Shadows-on-the-Teche, an antebellum home was once occupied by Union soldiers during the Civil War. New Iberia also is home to the South’s largest source of quality religious articles, the Rosary House, which draws visitors from far and near to buy hand-made rosaries, devotional candles, statues and medals.

In anticipation of the solemn Lenten season each year, New Iberia throws a festive Mardi Gras celebration, with parades, balls and much revelry. September brings the Louisiana Sugar Cane Festival and Fair, and in October, get ready for the World Championship Gumbo Cook-off. Whether dancing to a fiddle and accordion at a fais-do-do, or perfecting their culinary talents at year-round festivals, people in this area are dedicated to their signature slogan: Laissez les bons temps rouler! Let the good times roll!

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