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Louisiana Festivals

  1. 1. Louisiana Festivals That’s just how it is with Louisiana’s many festivals! The 400 plus festivals are a wonderful celebration of our state’s cultural, agricultural, and aquacultural resources. Festivals are alike, in that, they are a celebration about something specific. Mardi Gras is our largest festival in Louisiana.
  2. 2. Have fun and benefit Louisiana at the same time!!! <ul><li>Our festivals greatly effect the growth of our state. </li></ul><ul><li>They do this in a variety of ways. </li></ul><ul><li>For example : </li></ul><ul><li>Festivals allow the citizens of the Louisiana and visitors an opportunity to understand our culture and heritage. For example, the Jazz Festival gives visitors a view of our state’s unique music. </li></ul><ul><li>Festivals also bring the community together, which helps people understand and respect diverse cultures. </li></ul><ul><li>Festivals also bring a great deal of growth to our economy. </li></ul><ul><li>They are a great resource for tourism and this brings visitor spending into the state. For example, the Strawberry Festival brings in an excess of 25,000 people per day, which helps boost the economy of Ponchatoula and surrounding areas. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Hundreds of Louisiana Festivals <ul><li>Italian Festival </li></ul><ul><li>Oyster Festival </li></ul><ul><li>Watermelon Festival </li></ul><ul><li>Swamp Festival </li></ul><ul><li>Corn Festival </li></ul><ul><li>Seafood Festival </li></ul><ul><li>French Quarter Festival </li></ul><ul><li>Jambalaya Festival </li></ul><ul><li>Shrimp and Petroleum Festival </li></ul><ul><li>Cypress Sawmill Festival </li></ul><ul><li>Pecan Festival </li></ul><ul><li>Rice Festival </li></ul><ul><li>Cattle Festival </li></ul><ul><li>Hurricane Festival </li></ul><ul><li>Sugar Cane Festival </li></ul><ul><li>Dairy Festival </li></ul><ul><li>Strawberry Festival </li></ul><ul><li>Peach Festival </li></ul><ul><li>Jazz and Heritage Festival </li></ul><ul><li>Sweet Potato Festival </li></ul><ul><li>Blueberry Festival </li></ul><ul><li>Chicken Festival </li></ul><ul><li>MARDI GRAS </li></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>This festival is held every year in April, in Tangipahoa Parish. </li></ul><ul><li>The very first festival was held in 1972. </li></ul><ul><li>This festival is held in Ponchatoula’s unique “Antique City.” This city is also known as the strawberry capital. Here, strawberry farms are a basic industry for their economy. </li></ul><ul><li>The event draws in an excess of 25, 000 people per day. That means that the festival draws in 50,000 plus people, during the two days. </li></ul><ul><li>There are 54 separate booths at the festival, so there’s plenty to do. </li></ul><ul><li>Strawberries come in an assortment of varieties. </li></ul><ul><li>There are music and art shows, parades, beauty contests, and street dancing! </li></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival is held in Orleans Parish. </li></ul><ul><li>New Orleans is known as Jazz City! This is where jazz was born. </li></ul><ul><li>The festival continues through two weekends in a row. </li></ul><ul><li>The festival offers a variety of Louisiana culture, in fact, it is one of our most diverse festivals. </li></ul><ul><li>This festival has a variety of people. Some come from all over the world, including North America, Europe, and even East Asia. </li></ul><ul><li>Some say that you might hear the sounds of jazz, zydeco, Afro-Caribbean, folk, blues, and gospel. </li></ul><ul><li>There are over 70 different varieties of food booths. </li></ul><ul><li>Attendance to this festival is pushing a half a million!!! This is a wonderful economic boost to New Orleans. </li></ul>                                  
  6. 6. CRAWFISH FESTIVAL <ul><li>This festival is held the first weekend in May, in Breaux Bridge. (St. Martin Parish) </li></ul><ul><li>This festival is over 30 years old. </li></ul><ul><li>Over 25,000 people attend this festival. </li></ul><ul><li>The festival is a way for us to celebrate our Cajun heritage, culture, and traditions. </li></ul><ul><li>This festival means crawfish, with thousands of pounds of this wonderful, aquacultural resource cooked any way you want them. </li></ul><ul><li>Some varieties include the following: boiled, fried, etouffee, jambalaya, boudin, pies, bisque, gumbo, fettucine, and stew. </li></ul><ul><li>At the festival, one could find wonderful recipes, learn the fais-do-do, sample etouffee, listen to Cajun music, and play at the carnival. </li></ul>
  7. 7. PEACH FESTIVAL <ul><li>This festival takes place in the city of Ruston, which is located in Lincoln Parish. </li></ul><ul><li>This ten day festival was first held in 1972. </li></ul><ul><li>The festival celebrates the highest of peach harvests, which have always been a favorite here. In fact, peach seeds were the first thing to be scattered. </li></ul><ul><li>Various activities include the following: a peach cook-off, the Peach Queen Pageant, a Blue Ribbon Dinner Dance, a peach parade, a rodeo, arts and crafts, a rodeo, and softball and tennis tournaments. </li></ul>                                       
  8. 8. Dairy Festival <ul><li>This festival is located in the town of Kentwood, which is located in Tangipahoa Parish. This town is the center of the dairy industry. </li></ul><ul><li>Kentwood was based around a lumber industry until 1920. Then, the lumber diminished, and the people turned to the dairy industry. </li></ul><ul><li>With acres of dairy and grain farms, the industry began to prosper. </li></ul><ul><li>The festival is a celebration of the dairy industry. It emphasizes the local farmers in Kentwood. </li></ul><ul><li>The festival recognizes the industry that plays such an important role in the economy of Kentwood. </li></ul><ul><li>The festival includes arts and crafts, talent contests, a Queen’s pageant, food, and lots of fun. </li></ul>                  

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