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Spring Festivals Along Louisiana's Coast

Spring is perhaps the best time of the year for the Bayou State, as not only does the warm weather and sunny skies return, but so do the festivals, the abundance of seafood and the tender-tasting crawfish. Cajun foods are always found at these family friendly festivals, but they are also a time to enjoy good company, share in the Cajun history and heritage of the parishes and learn about ways that everyone can come together to make Louisiana a better place. There’s no doubt that this state is committed to its wildlife, resources and habitat.

As we move our way into the month of April, many festivals have already taken place and have set the stage for what a great year 2012 will be. For example, Mardi Gras was a huge success, bringing in $300 million to the Louisiana economy in 2011, with numbers to be projected even higher this year, although we don’t have the final data yet. Saint Patrick’s Day brought a number of parades as well, getting everyone pumped for what’s to come for the rest of the spring season.

April and May are the time for crawfish festivals. The DownTown Lake Charles Crawfish Festival is held April 12-15 and has plenty of activities for the family as well as over 10,000 pounds of boiled crawfish. St. Bernard just had their crawfish festival this past weekend with great success, with several others are planned for the Louisiana coast to enjoy and get their hands on some of the best crawfish thanks to a healthy season.

Another festival along the coast is the Dragonboat Festival held April 21 in St. Tammany Parish. Tall ships are decorated to celebrate the coastal heritage; a fun change-up from the traditional Cajun-inspired festivals. If you’re interested in giving back to the Bayou State, be sure to split your time with the Bayou Teche Black Bear Festival on April 21 and April 22. This festival has lots of activities for the kids and draws in thousands of people to learn about the Black Bear and how the residents can bring their population to healthy numbers.

Other fun festivals along the coast in April include the St. Mary Sawmill Festival, the Lafourche Lockport Food Festival and 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Fort Jackson in Plaquemines. May brings us the St. Bernard Tomato Festival and Sugar Festival, the Plaquemines Parish Seafood Festival and the highly anticipated Dragonboat Festival. There will also be plenty of opportunities for golf, fishing and hiking along the beautiful and scenic coast of Louisiana.

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