Zydeco Roots in Lake Charles, LA

One of the fascinating things to me about Louisiana is the beauty that results from the cultural blending of its people and traditions, and with that - music. Whenever I was researching Cajun and Zydeco music for a festival years ago, I was literally blown away by the vast depth of Zydeco roots in…

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The Ultimate Mardi Gras Bucket List

Mardi Gras is growing bigger and more elaborate every year. From parades and balls to parties and chicken runs, you need to plan ahead so that you don’t miss out on something incredible! Whether it’s your first Mardi Gras or if you’re a seasoned vet, here is a list of things you have to experience…

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Lost Landmarks of Lake Charles

History buffs visiting Lake Charles will appreciate the efforts of the Calcasieu Historical Preservation Society. Three years ago, this group initiated the Lost Landmarks project. The program strives to preserve the history of significant buildings, once a vital part of the Lake Charles community…

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Creole vs. Cajun Ancestry

One of the most frequently asked questions from visitors in Southwest Louisiana, is what is the difference between Creole and Cajun? Creoles as an ethnic group are harder to define than Cajuns. Creoles are of French and European descent, mainly aristocracy who settled in cities, specifically New…

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