Louisiana History, Culture, and Tourist Attractions

Louisiana’s history, culture, and tourist attractions give it a unique character like no other state.  With ethnic roots coming from Native Americans, Spaniards, English, and African descent, there is no shortage of cultural variety.  As the birthplace of jazz and the host state for Mardi Gras, the culture has a uniquely artistic flavor that can only be experienced in Louisiana. 
      But, don’t just take our word for it…look at our website’s photos and further explore the culture, history and tourism links.  Then go see for yourself what Louisiana has to offer you for your next vacation getaway!

 

Carnival (Mardi Gras) 
      
Louisiana
’s Carnival is similar to the famous Brazilian Carnival and is the largest festival in Louisiana.   The festival lasts every year from January 6, which is 46 days before the Easter Carnival, or the "Fat Tuesday".  This festival originated with the Christian season of Lent, which involves fasting activities. In order to prepare for pre-Easter fasting people had a big celebration which came to be known as Carnival.

      The celebration of carnival involves many festivals, parades, and activities.  Many people go to the parades to watch the throwing of beaded necklaces and jewelry.  The largest parade during Carnival is the Rex Parade.  For more information on the history of the Rex Parade, please visit the following link http://www.rexorganization.com/History/

        Participants in the parades will wear masks and costumes and often throw beaded necklaces to the viwers that can be taken home as souvenirs. 
      There are also many special foods to eat at the festival such as cakes and donuts

More attractions

      Other attractions worth visiting include historic farms that date back to the Civil War, the National Historical Park, and the Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve

 

Related web sites:
http://www.crt.state.la.us/crt/tourism/ http://neworleanswebsites.com/cat/tr/to pl/pl

 
Nature Scenes

      In addition to more than 400 different festivals and historic sites, Louisiana also has beautiful forests and rivers providing tourists with opportunities for fishing, boating, water skiing, canoeing, camping, hiking, and many other outdoor recreational activities.  

 

 







The New Orleans Jazz Festival

 

      The New Orleans Jazz Festival is one of the biggest jazz music and traditional cultural celebrations. In the early 1970’s, this festival was not as famous as it is now. Only after the event’s organizer, George Wein, handed the microphone to Mahilia Jackson and she began singing with Eueka Brass, did the New Orleans Jazz Festival become well-known.

       New Orleans is a place of jazz.  From the beginning, the New Orleans Jazz Festival was regarded as being representative of the city’s culture. The New Orleans Jazz Festival is a fusion of cuisine, crafts and music. Attendees can not only hear jazz, but also a wide array of other genres' performances.  The New Orleans Jazz Festival is usually held in April every year for about a week.


The official website of the New Orleans Jazz Festival is http://www.nojazzfest.com


To get a sneak preview of a jazz tune you might hear at the festival, sample the classic tune
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