Louisiana festival a cultural gumbo – Zwolle Tamale Fiesta
The Zwolle Tamale Fiesta celebrates this Louisiana community’s Spanish and Native American heritage.
This annual, three-day event is held in Zwolle during the second weekend in October. Upward of 15,000 people attend the fiesta each year, and they consume tens of thousands of tamales.
The Zwolle Tamale Fiesta offers a heritage-rich, fun-filled weekend with plenty of delicious hot tamales, live entertainment, tamale-making demonstrations, arts and crafts, street dancing, a costume contest, parades and a mud bog. The fiesta is fun for the entire family.
Zwolle was originally an Indian village that was occupied by the Spanish Province of Texas for many years. It was settled by the descendants of French and Spanish adventurers, who intermarried with the friendly Indians and with English-speaking settlers from Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia and the Carolinas. The town was named for a community in Holland, in honor of a prominent Dutch visitor.
The fiesta stems from a combination of the Indians’ and Spaniards’ culinary efforts to produce the most delectable hot tamale in the country.
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