Cultures of Lake Charles/SWLA

Louisiana is known for its diverse cultural offerings as the self-proclaimed cultural gumbo pot of the world, and Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana is no different than the rest of the state. Lake Charles has Cajun, Creole and many other roots that can be traced back many generations. In particular, Lake Charles is known as a Creole epicenter with some of the strongest traditions and oldest families.

Enjoy a Cajun potluck with family and friends!
 

Cajun vs. Creole

One of the most frequently asked questions from visitors in Southwest Louisiana, is what is the difference between Creole and Cajun?  Some of the differences are subtle and depend on who you are asking, but here's a good starting place.
The difference between Cajuns and Creoles ►

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