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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!
Cypremort Point State Park is a beach and boat launch 25 miles south of New Iberia. The park is located in the heart of Cajun Country (as evidenced by the name of its nearest airport, Acadiana Regional), and is a hidden treasure among Louisiana’s rare beachfront parks. Cypremort Point – Cajun French for “dead cypress” – is a half-mile long stretch of sand, surrounded by bays and barrier islands. With coastal marsh all around, it is also a destination for anglers. Short daytrippers should try out windsurfing or sailing at Cypremort; for overnighters, the state park staff can help book one of the six on-site cabins near the beach.