Culture

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When you think Louisiana, you think food, not only food but delicious, spicy, and flavorful food.  If we could describe the culture of Louisiana with one dish, it would be Gumbo.  Why? It represents what Louisiana is about; it's a variety of cultural influences that somehow blend perfectly.

Mardi Gras

Mardi Gras is one of the most recognized traditions enjoyed by all today.  Fat Tuesday, known to most as "Mardi Gras,” is a celebration that takes place before the Lenten season. “Parade season” as it’s often used to describe the events by locals run for a few weeks leading up to the big day. During this season, parade-goers line the streets waiting for floats whose riders toss colorful beads, doubloons and other goodies out in celebration of the holiday. This holiday means much more to Catholics.  During this time, Catholics are allowed to celebrate their vices before giving it all up until after Easter. This particular tradition has influenced not only those who practice the religion but also tourists who mainly travel to New Orleans and are looking to participate in the fun. New Orleans isn’t the only city in Louisiana to celebrate Mardi Gras. Parades are also held in cities such as Lafayette, Lake Charles, Opelousas, Houma and Morgan City to name a few.

New Orleans Mardi Gras Indians

Mardi Gras Indians are African-American revelers in New Orleans, Louisiana, who dress up for Mardi Gras in suits influenced by Native American ceremonial apparel.  Collectively, the organizations are referred to as "tribes." There are about 38 tribes. They range in size from half a dozen to several dozen members. The groups are largely independent, but a pair of umbrella organizations loosely coordinate the Uptown Indians and the Downtown Indians.  In addition to Mardi Gras Day, many of the tribes also parade on Saint Joseph's Day (March 19) and the Sunday nearest to Saint Joseph's Day ("Super Sunday"). Traditionally, these were formerly the only times Mardi Gras Indians were seen wearing full regalia in public.

Second Line

Another form of dance that is a New Orleans original is “Second Linin” which is more of a ceremonial performance but does have special dances within it like “Buck Jumpin”.  Second lines originated from “Jazz Funerals” that was a funeral procession that took place in the middle of the street that included a Brass Band and Grand Marshall, they are referred to as the first line and the line that followed was called, “the Second Line”.  Which consisted of people off the street following the parade and the band, dancing to the music and sometimes carrying umbrellas and moving them to the music.  Most did not know the deceased or family but follow regardless.  Nowadays, Second Lines are no longer exclusive to Funerals but are used to celebrate any occasion from Birthdays, Weddings, Festivals, and more.

 

The Taste of Louisiana Festival events brings all of these cultural experiences to life and allow our guest the feeling of being in Louisiana without actually being there.

"Experience the Flavor and Culture of Louisiana"

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