A trip to Washington Parish, Louisiana, will lead you into one of the most scenic and rural parishes in the state. Wilderness abounds with rolling hills, piney woods, farms, small towns and complex
With about 400 different festivals each year, it’s no wonder Louisiana is often called the Festival Capital of America. We celebrate just about everything that contributes to our unique culture, every indigenous dish, every type of music that's played here and even the crops we harvest.
If you drive down I-10 through south-central Louisiana, you’ll notice big brightly painted highway signs for the Atchafalaya National Heritage Area. The American-Indian word Atchafalaya (Think of a sneeze: uh-CHA-fuh-LIE-uh) means “long river,” after the Atchafalaya River, and the national heritage area includes 14 parishes that surround or are near it. This includes the Atchafalaya Basin, known as a favorite spot among locals and visitors alike for swamp excursions, crawfishing and Louisiana’s famous Cajun French culture.
As the weather cools and the humidity drops, New Orleans comes alive with festival season. Festivals take place throughout the city celebrating everything from Gulf Coast seafood to contemporary art.
My favorite way to travel between fests is to rent a bicycle and take advantage of the cooler weather. Below are seven fabulous festivals worth a trip with a few bike tips for a more active experience.
Louisiana: It's where jazz was born, where Cajun and zydeco were created and where country music's early stars got their start.
The towns of Cajun Country hold a festival for nearly everything.