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25 Sep 2018

Between the Seams: A Q&A with Artist, Megan Barra


New SLP logo, designed by Megan Barra If you’re a returning user, you may have noticed our new look. As a Tourist Commission we call ourselves a DMO, a fancy acronym for “destination marketing organization,” but really, we are in the business of storytelling. We wanted a logo that could tell our tale, a place with a long history of cultivators, music makers, and a “gumbo” of ethnicities and cultural identities. So, we hired the right woman for the job, local artist, Megan Barra. Megan is an [...]

Between the Seams: A Q&A with Artist, Megan Barra2018-10-19T20:24:29+00:00
24 Sep 2018

2018 Fall International Grand Heads to Cajun Country


The 2018 Fall Grand is one of two semiannual International Grand Hunts conducted by the Hunting Retriever Club, Inc. International Grand Hunt Committee at selected host HRC Club locations and this year it’s headed to Cajun country. The upcoming October 6-10, 2018 competition, hosted by the Cajun Retriever Club, will take place in and around the rural community of Grand Prairie, Louisiana.

2018 Fall International Grand Heads to Cajun Country2018-10-19T20:29:54+00:00
10 Sep 2018

Make Cajun Sweet Dough Pies Like a Pro


This authentic Cajun sweet dough pie recipe comes straight from the Sweet Dough Pie Capital of the World, Grand Coteau, Louisiana. Pastry chef, Nancy Brewer, was sweet enough to share her award-winning recipe and the secrets to a successful pie. Nancy is a trained chef and the owner of The Kitchen Shop in Grand Coteau. This beautiful town is noted for its magnificent trees that form alleys, groves, and gardens, but gains equal notoriety for this sweet treat. In fact, in the month of October, the whole town celebrates this [...]

Make Cajun Sweet Dough Pies Like a Pro2018-10-19T20:58:13+00:00
6 Sep 2018

Destinations amicales françaises


Lire en anglais Les traces du patrimoine français sont partout visibles dans la Paroisse St-Landry. Le guide touristique en français, les enseignes, journaux, et menus, les dictons de tous les jours, ainsi que nos noms de famille temoignent de ce passé et présent. Partout dans la paroisse, on entend fréquemment parler le français cadien et le français créole. Les programmes de radio tels que Bonjour Louisiane et Rendez-vous des Cajun sur KRVS et KBON sont émis en français. C’est en partie grâce aux efforts de la NUNU Arts & Culture Collective que le français louisianais [...]

Destinations amicales françaises2018-09-06T15:25:51+00:00
6 Sep 2018

French Friendly Destinations


Lire en français The evidence of our French heritage is everywhere you look in St. Landry Parish. From our visitor guide en français, signs, newspapers, and menus to everyday phrases and our surnames, French culture and language are on full display here. Throughout the parish, it’s very common to still hear both Cajun and Creole French being spoken today. Radio stations like KRVS and KBON feature programs such as Bonjour Louisiane and Rendez-vous des Cajun that are broadcast en français. Part of the effort to keep Louisiana French alive in the area is evident thanks to NUNU [...]

French Friendly Destinations2018-09-06T15:05:30+00:00
27 Aug 2018

Accordions are cool! SLPTC installs an art piece, instrumental to our culture.


The St. Landry Parish Tourist Commission (SLPTC) has installed a new art piece, the “Key of ‘C’ Accordion” kiosk. The kiosk is a unique concept that combines art, construction, design, and modern technology. It is an exciting addition to the center’s collection, which includes the Amédé Ardoin Commemorative. The accordion allows the user to explore CajunTravel.com and listen to a range of regional music genres including Cajun, Creole, and zydeco.

Accordions are cool! SLPTC installs an art piece, instrumental to our culture.2018-09-25T19:46:55+00:00
15 Jun 2018

Culinary Traditions on the Prairie Home Cooking Trail


Holy Ghost Creole Festival Bazaar in Opelousas, Louisiana Whether you're on small country roads or amongst the bustle of town, you can’t go anywhere in St. Landry Parish without seeing food. Travel along scenic byways and find soybean fields, rice bins, and a cascade of bright red crawfish traps bobbing on glistening ponds. Head into town and there’s no escaping the mass of specialty meat markets, boudin and cracklin stops, and eateries. So, what made this particular region of Southwest Louisiana a foodie’s paradise, populated with enough [...]

Culinary Traditions on the Prairie Home Cooking Trail2018-09-21T18:54:50+00:00
6 May 2018

Cajun Spirit. Creole Soul. – A Brief History of St. Landry Parish


"St. Landry Parish, Louisiana is a place with Cajun spirit and Creole soul." Thumb through any St. Landry Parish phone book and you’ll see surnames that indicate a gumbo of ethnicities – French, Spanish, German, African, Irish, Native American and more, but many residents also celebrate their Cajun and Creole heritage. Cajuns are descendants of the Acadians, who were evicted from the region of Nova Scotia in the mid-1700s, after their continued refusal to swear allegiance to the British crown. Many of these Acadian exiles landed in south Louisiana, [...]

Cajun Spirit. Creole Soul. – A Brief History of St. Landry Parish2018-09-21T18:03:50+00:00
3 May 2018

Town of Sunset Unveils the Zydeco Rubboard


Sunset, LA — The sun is always rising in Sunset, Louisiana, a community known for its local artisans and numerous antique shops. On Tuesday, May 22, 2018, at 10am, the Town of Sunset will unveil its first public art piece, the Zydeco Rubboard. This 4×6 ft. sculpture, created by local welder Pat Miller, will be revealed on the north-west corner of Duffy Avenue and Napoleon Avenue, just off of Interstate 49. […]

Town of Sunset Unveils the Zydeco Rubboard2018-09-13T18:07:00+00:00
20 Apr 2018

Bringing Amédé Home – About the Amédé Ardoin Commemorative


March 11, 2018, nearly 500 music fans, locals, and Ardoin family members welcomed Amédé home. Bringing Amédé Home was a symbolic event honoring one of Louisiana’s most iconic musicians, Amédé Ardoin. The ceremony featured a candlelit Remembrance Vigil, a Bal du Dimanche après-midi (Sunday afternoon house dance), and the unveiling of the Amédé Ardoin Commemorative. “In the 1920s and ‘30s, Amédé crafted tunes that poured the foundation for Cajun music and zydeco… If you find a Cajun band that doesn’t know the Lacassine Special, make a citizen’s arrest. The only Cajun songs probably more [...]

Bringing Amédé Home – About the Amédé Ardoin Commemorative2018-09-25T21:30:09+00:00