Lots of festivals are held in Louisiana. For a slide show of the 2009 Rayne Frog Festival click here.
A little history first to get you started on your trip. The capital of Louisiana is Baton Rouge, and the largest city is New Orleans. Louisiana is the only state in the United States whose legal system is based on civil law and strongly influenced by Napoleonic Code, as opposed to English common law. Louisiana is divided into parishes, not counties. Museums throughout the state are rich with artifacts and information offering tours into the past.
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Louisiana, 'New France' was named after Louis XIV, the King of France during 1643-1715. Once part of the Louisiana Territory, it reached from New Orleans to the Canadian border. The territory was bought from Napoleon Bonaparte in 1803 by the United States and was called the Louisiana Purchase. Today, the state is bordered by Texas to the west, to the north by Arkansas, to the east by Mississippi, and to the south by the Gulf of Mexico.
The mighty Mississippi River flows from north to south over a distance of about 600 miles, from New Orleans, up into Natchez. There is riverboat casino gambling in both Baton Rouge and New Orleans and other casinos throughout Louisiana.
Plants and plantations are plentiful along the levees. Riverboats, barges and tugboats share the Mississippi River. The Mississippi River is certainly the largest river in Louisiana, but there are other rivers including the Sabine, Pearl, Calcasieu, Mermentau, Vermilion, Teche, Atchafalaya, Boeuf, Lafourche, Courtableau, D'Arbonne, Macon, Tensas, Amite, Tchefuncte, Tickfaw, Natalbany, along with a number of streams. All offer superb fishing and boating. It is truly a Sportsman’s Paradise.
Fishing and hunting are huge sports in Louisiana. There are fishing and hunting guides, along with hunting camps and lodges to stay at all across the state. Deer camps and hunting are plentiful throughout Louisiana.
The rich history and culture of Creoles and Cajuns, along with German, Irish, Scotch, Latins, South Americans and a melting pot of others are the background for the food, art and culture. The one thing in common that people in Louisiana have is a true zest for life. Along with Mardi Gras, there are many Festivals year round which share the enjoyment people have for life, and their love to share it with others. Virtually travel Louisiana with us. You will surely pass a good time.