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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

Delbert McClinton is an American blues, rock, and electric blues singer-songwriter, guitarist, harmonica player, and pianist. Active as a sideman since 1962 and as a band leader since Read More →
Are you ready, Lake Charles? The Arts Council of SWLA, the City of Lake Charles, and Deep South Production will present the fifth season of Live @ the Lakefront , a free Read More →
The final concert of the season returns to the Rosa Hart Theatre on Saturday, April 1, 7:30 PM . A surprise special guest conductor will lead the orchestra in Trevor Jones’ Read More →
Michael McDonald has been thrilling listeners with his distinctively soulful style for four decades. From '70s-era Doobie Brothers classics such as "What A Fool Believes" and solo hits Read More →
Louisiana Railroad Days Festival is an alcohol-free, family friendly, three day festival. There is no admission fee or parking fee (there is a fee for carnival rides). The Louisiana Railroad Read More →
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