Following the swamp tour, my group loaded back on to the motorcoach for a stop at the Jean Lafitte Acadian Cultural Center, which is actually a national park. Jean Lafitte, in addition to being a pirate was also instrumental in saving New Orleans from the British during the Battle of New Orleans in the War of 1812. He's a local folk hero, and there's a series of sites dedicated to the history of the region that bear his name.
By 5:00, we were back at the hotel for a quick change, then back on the motorcoaches for downtown Lafayette for Downtown Alive.
Every Friday night from 5:30 to 9:00 in the spring and the fall, there is live music in the square in downtown Lafayette. I believe they are close to celebrating their 25th year. There's food (of course!), music, dancing,
and an all around good time. It was great to see entire families, including grandma and grandpa dancing and having a good time.
The crowd was huge, and Louisiana has quite liberal alcohol laws, but no one got out of hand or unruly. We were told that Louisiana has more than 100+ festivals every year, celebrating everything under the sun. If your town isn't doing something like this, aren't you jealous?
The band that was playing on Friday night was Louisiana Red.
A long but very fun day. A bit more tomorrow, then I think I'll be done with Louisiana.
Thanks for stopping by. The coffee is always on.