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Creole Soul in Southwest Louisiana 

Prepare yourself to hear a rhythm, feel a beat and taste a spice that will dazzle your soul.

Southwest Louisiana is located in a portion of the Bayou state where the people display resilient creativity, rustic elegance, and relish sharing collective soulful essence that tantalizes visitors. Many who leave cannot wait to get back to search for more Creole soul. The lifestyle Southwest Louisiana residents live is easy and inviting. We love our families and don’t mind letting others become extended family.

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Creole Heritage

A Creole is a Louisiana native with a mixture of African-American, American Indian, French and Spanish heritage. The term has evolved over several centuries, at one time being the descriptive phrase for the children of first generation French and Spanish immigrants who populated the Louisiana Territory and after Louisiana became a state.

Creole/Cajun Food Fusion

 

Nobody leaves Southwest with their bellies empty and taste buds not satisfied. Residents take food seriously all day, every day, all year. The region is known for boudin, smothered meat served over rice in its own gravy, fried or grilled seafood, étouffée, gumbo, Creole sauces, and the list goes on and scrumptiously on. The Creole Soul experience can be found in small mom-and-pop restaurants, gas stations and meat markets. See below for some "Soul Food" options. 
 

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Events

Events

Chubby Checker has sold over 250 million records worldwide to date. "The Twist" was the number one song of the 60's and Chubby Checker is the only artist to have a song go to number one twice. Read More →
This year’s event will showcase other jazz musicians, artists, events, and a wide variety of shrimp and other good foods. A crowd of 500 – 1000, ranging in age from infancy to the older Read More →
*** Due to Tropical Storm Cindy the schedule of this event may change. For updates, follow the a Read More →
Catch a Concert, Civic Center Mezzanine, Every Monday in June The Lake Charles Community Band will close out its 30th season with the Read More →
3 Doors Down was formed in the small Mississippi town in the mid-1990s. 3 Doors Down has had six #1 singles - "Kryptonite," "Duck & Run," "Loser," "Be Like That," "When I'm Gone" and "Here Read More →
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