Visitors to Louisiana may feel like they are visiting another country, even if they live in the United States. This combination of French, Spanish, African and American cultures have combined to create a region unlike anywhere in the world. The history found in Louisiana, both culturally and nationally, is as diverse as the residents of this amazing state. From the plantations of the early south to the discovery of Jazz, Louisiana has much to offer visitors.
The one thing that sticks out in everyone’s mind when asked about Louisiana is Mardi Gras. Purple, gold and green can be seen in every city and town throughout Louisiana during the season of Carnival. Mardi Gras or Carnival is held for 12 crazy days and nights before the beginning of Lent, which is begins on Ash Wednesday. Catholics and non-Catholics a like flock to largest Mardi Gras celebration in Louisiana, which is held in the French Quarter of New Orleans. Everyone visiting Louisiana during Marti Gras should have a piece King Cake. It is said that this traditional Carnival treat will choose the King and Queen of the celebration.
Other things that are considered to be a part of Louisiana culture include spicy food and even spicier music. Louisiana has a long tradition of creating original music genres including Jazz, Blues, Zydeco and Cajun. It is also the birth place to some of the world’s most amazing musicians. The greatest Jazz player of all time was Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong. The country remembers and honors this brilliant musician at Armstrong Park, located in New Orleans.
No matter where visitors choose to go in Louisiana, they are bound to find a good time. Excitement, entertainment and excellent food are around every corner in Louisiana. Why not plan your vacation down south? Visit Louisiana!