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HOOKED ON LAFAYETTE - LOUISIANA’S REAL ACADIAN DEAL
 
(2014 - Fall Issue)

Writer: DENISE J. DEVEAU



Lafayette Parish stands at the very heart of Louisiana’s Cajun Country.

The region’s history dates back to the 18th century, when Canada’s Acadians were expelled in the late 1700s and settled in Louisiana. More than two centuries later tourists come to Lafayette to get a rare taste of the genuine Acadian experience, from traditional food fixings and music to the warm hospitality that greets you at every turn.

The region is teeming with celebratory events year-round, from the spring Festival International and fall Festivals Acadiens et Créoles to the Cajun & Creole Christmas and, of course, Mardi Gras.

For a taste of genuine history, visit Vermilionville, a reconstructed Cajun colonial village where you can watch re-enactments of 18th-century daily life. Inside or outside this historical village, it’s always easy to find locals who can switch effortlessly into French when the need arises so Canadians can feel right at home.

It doesn’t take long to get hooked on the captive rhythms of the distinctive Cajun and zydeco music, whether in a dance hall, local bar or at an outdoor concert. And there’s never any problem finding a partner if you want to try your hand at a two-step or waltz, because just about anyone is up for a turn on the dance floor.

So if you’re looking for the real Acadian deal, Lafayette is a truly unforgettable glimpse into a rich cultural past that began on Canadian shores.

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