By Pamela S. Thibodeaux
The story is as old as time....people burned out of homes, business and churches, herded onto a ship and sent to a place previously uninhabited with nothing but the bare necessities. In the song "Cajun Blood," Jo-El Sonnier says... "They ended up on swampy ground just south of New Orleans with all they needed to survive already in their veins."
This is from which I came.
Rich in tradition, we are a fun-loving lot, with festivals that honor God and the bountiful provisions my ancestors learned to cultivate and create unique dishes out of long before they became delicacies in other places. In Southwest Louisiana alone (where I’m from), we celebrate Mardi Gras, Contraband Days, Crawfish Festival, Rabbit Festival and much more! These events are alive with carnival rides and food, like, Crawfish Etouffee (yeah we eat things that crawl out of mounds of mud) and "dirty" rice. Oh and let's not forget Boudin.
But if you're looking for a place to visit whose culture is as colorful and varied as a kaleidoscope, put Louisiana on your list and if you ever get down to the southwestern portion of our lovely state, look me up!
Co-Founder and a lifetime member of Bayou Writers Group in Lake Charles, Louisiana. Multi-published in romantic fiction as well as creative non-fiction, her writing has been tagged as, “Inspirational with an Edge!” ™ and reviewed as “steamier and grittier than the typical Christian novel without decreasing the message.”
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