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Visiting Cajun Country

Cajun Country it’s said is “the place that always plays and never works.” With a festival season that lasts for eight months, just about everything that happens in Cajun Country is a reason to celebrate. Every Saturday before Mardi Gras, the Boucherie Festival celebrates the butchering of a hog. Family and friends come together to enjoy squealing contests, crackling throwing contests and of course the cutting of the season’s largest pig. The season’s hottest festival- the Kiwanis Pepper Festival kicks up the heat every October under the historic Evangeline Oak in St. Martinville, while the St. Lucy Festival of Lights cools things down at St. Martin de Tours Church Square in December. Whether in Lake Charles, Lafayette or Houma-Thibodeaux - Grand Isle, remember when in Cajun Country all things are a reason to celebrate.

The Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival is May 6th thru 8th. As music fills the air of Parc Hardy from the 30-featured Cajun, Zydeco and Swamp Pop bands, visitors are sure to party from the morning hours well into the night. With a number of highlights including the dance of the Cajun Waltz, games of Bourrée, and the delightful tastes of crawfish prepared in every imaginable way- broiled, bisque, in étouffée, boudin and crawdogs; visitors are sure to have a full weekend of good times. Cajun Country is the crawfish capital of the world and when the Crawfish Commissioner yells out “Ils sont partis”- he means the race has begun and it’s time to celebrate.

The 4th Annual Bayou Blues Revival in Arnaudville is May 29th. Featuring Baton Rogue bluesman Lil’ Ray Neal on guitar, the zydeco sounds of Cajun Country’s Selwyn Cooper and Jude Taylor on Accordion. Visitors get ready for an afternoon of workshops and performances as the soulful sounds of jazz, blues, and zydeco music fill the junction of HWY 93 and HWY 3.

It’s that time again- time to dress up your bikes and head out to ride in the Louisiana Bike Festival. In Abita Springs on June 19th, the north shore’s Tammany Trace is transformed from a railway to a paved forest path as a bicycle procession makes it way down the 31-mile stretch through town. From seven wheeled bicycles to restored antique bikes and the occasional plastic alligator on wheels, bike riders will be judged on their creativity. As the festival website declares “this is Louisiana… so the judges may be bribed” - perhaps a pitcher of Abita-style beer is the ticket needed to get on the judges good side during this festival on the move.

With over 10 Best Western hotels in Southern Louisiana’s Cajun Country, once the celebrating comes to an end visitors can find rest and relaxation in a number of convenient and oh so comfortable Best Western locations.

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12 Best Western Hotels
in Cajun Country

  • Best Western Abbeville Inn & Suites

    Abbeville

  • Best Western Eunice

    Eunice

  • Best Western Forest Inn

    Franklin

  • Best Western Isabelle Court

    Galliano

  • Best Western Plus Houma Inn

    Gray

  • Best Western Inn at Coushatta

    Kinder

  • Best Western Lafayette Inn

    Lafayette

  • Best Western Plus Vermilion River Suites Hotel

    Lafayette

  • Best Western Bayou Inn & Suites

    Lake Charles

  • Best Western Rayne Inn

    Rayne

  • Best Western Plus Executive Hotel & Suites

    Sulphur

  • Best Western Ville Platte

    Ville Platte

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