went to Louisiana from Los Angeles in less than an hour this weekend!
Seriously, the ‘Long Beach Bayou Festival’ brought the authentic Mardi Gras
experience to LA this past weekend, and as one patron, Patricia Hodges put it, “My
father was from Louisiana and this is the closest I’ve come to Mardi Gras
without having to lift my shirt to get some beads!”
|Mardi Gras Parade|
beads were flying, crawfish were consumed and the bands were playing!
all over Long Beach’s Rainbow Lagoon Park, hundreds of people came out to
either connect with their roots or experience something so unique to the Bayou
that seeing is believing.
|Bill Magee Blues Band|
the moment you enter the gates, the party atmosphere pulled you in and didn’t
let go with the best in family-oriented fun!
the past 26 years the Long Beach Bayou festival has brought together authentic
Louisiana music including Blues, Cajun and Zydeco with mouth-watering Creole
and Cajun cuisine that one can’t easily find on the West Coast.
Bayou festival was a feast for all the senses; there was color everywhere and
nods to New Orleans in way of shopping, children’s activities, food, music (on
two stages) and the dancing.
hour or so, there were dance classes teaching the masses how to enjoy the music
not only with your ears, but also with your feet!
if the festival couldn’t get any better, out of nowhere came a traditional
Mardi Gras Parade featuring the LALA Second Line Dancers.
up the crowd as they past, it was a frenzy of fun.
my first time to the Long Beach Bayou Festival, I was told to expect great
music, great food and a great time…Needless to say, my only disappointment
comes in the fact that I have to wait another 363 more days before Louisiana
descends upon the West Coast again.