Looking for top-notch, inexpensive family entertainment, great food, a beautiful outdoor experience and some of the best music in the world? Two words: Louisiana festivals.
More than 400 Louisiana festivals occur each year – which makes it easy to see why Louisiana is often called the Festival Capital of America. We celebrate just about every crop harvested, every indigenous dish, every type of music that's played here – ranging from Cajun and zydeco to Delta blues, New Orleans jazz, Louisiana's own swamp pop, country, salsa and more. Excellent Louisiana food is a given at any festival. And as always, Louisiana festivals offer abundant opportunities for meeting new friends.
Themed festivals range from a Strawberry Festival in Ponchatoula and Tomato Festival in Chalmette to the great Festival International in Lafayette; from the big Contraband Days Pirate Festival in Lake Charles to the Holiday Festival of Lights in Natchitoches. From the Red River Revel in Shreveport to the Catfish Festival in Washington. Of course, you'll want to visit the annual New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, or the big family-fun French Quarter Festival.
And for the biggest of them all? That's right, Louisiana is home to Mardi Gras! But that's another story – and a very large one across the state!
Church Point is a Cajun Country town with a colorful history. Its first post office, effectively establishing the city, was built in 1873, though it was home to both American Indians and Cajun settlers long before that.
Church Point was once known as Plaquemine Brulée. Plaquemine is an American Indian word for persimmon, which grew in abundance at the edge of Bayou Plaquemine where the settlement was founded. Men cleared the waterfront area, setting fires to the underbrush — the resulting clearing was called a brulée — and with settlers moving in, Plaquemine Brulée was born.
The name Church Point derives from the "point" of land near Bayou Plaquemine where the settlement was founded, and to honor the first chapel that was built in the area in 1846.
Church Point is known as the Buggy Capital of the World. Buggy, as in horse-drawn carriages that traveled the roads of south Louisiana decades ago. The Church Point Buggy Festival celebrates old times and was founded in 1983, as a fundraiser for Acadia St. Landry Hospital. Its main event is the Grand Buggy Festival Parade, in which the festival queen and her court wave to admiring fans.
Church Point retains its small-town charm, and is a short 20-minute drive from the more populous cities of Lafayette and Opelousas.