When you make a list of all the unique things Louisiana has to offer visitors, you quickly see the long-lasting influences of our French, Spanish and African ancestry. Our past is well-preserved in our architecture, music, food and lifestyles—which include our amazing festivals—and of course in our museums of history and fine arts.
It is not an accident that Louisiana clings to the phrase "Laissez les bons temps rouler," meaning "Let the good times roll". Let yourself get lost in the traditions passed down through generations. Come visit us during Mardi Gras when costumed riders parade and magnificent balls are thrown from New Orleans and Baton Rouge to Houma, Lafayette, Lake Charles, Shreveport and beyond. Peek back across the centuries, as you walk under lavish ironwork and through the lush courtyard gardens of a meticulous French Quarter hotel. Touch history with a tour of a plantation where the daily activities of the past are recreated. Let nature's mysteries inspire and awe you via a boat tour through a cypress studded bayou.
Here, in Louisiana, history and lore don't merely live in books on a shelf; they're reflected in our everyday lives.
Few American cities can boast the sort of patriotism that is on display in Winnsboro. Its Patriot Square lives up to the name, with more stars and stripes in the wind than you’re likely to see anywhere else. A clean, quiet and friendly town, it may be the closest thing to Mayberry you’ll find in Louisiana. Winnsboro was founded on cotton, and it remains an agriculturally-based community to this day. But it’s not all about the fields. In April, the biggest event on the social calendar, and one of the biggest events in north Louisiana, the Franklin Parish Catfish Festival hits town and 4,000 to 5,000 lbs of catfish gets cooked, giving you an idea of the importance of that whiskered fish. The immediate natural surroundings offer both great fishing and fertile hunting grounds. And Winnsboro itself supplies a generous collection of public parks, perfect for a lazy afternoon picnic.