Louisiana is known the world over for its cajun cuisine, crooked politics, mardi gras and alligators. It is also home to popular reality shows such as Swamp People, and while this way of life is still engaged by some, most of louisiana wouldn't know where to start alligator hunting.
Truthfully, the bayou region where I live moves at a slower pace than the rest of the world, and it is quite nice, but we are not a regressed people or region. Life moves slower here because the people of south Louisiana takes time to enjoy the nature that God has blessed us with. We enjoy the slow cooked foods of generations past that take hours to cook. And we are not completly engulfed in things of the world. Don't get me wrong, we have major retailers and we also enjoy the refinement of life in the current century, we just do it a little differently.
As for Mardi Gras, mais come down and pass a good time (just try to avoid the french quarter festivities, Mardi Gras is best suited for families to enjoy in Houma, Metarie, and places that have established "Family Gras" a cleaner version for all to enjoy) afterall, it is just good fun, a time to catch up with friends, look at decorated floats and listen to marching bands. For much more information about visiting Louisiana click here. For information about travel to the bayou country I grew up in click here.
What many people may not realize is that much of southeastern Louisiana is steeped in rich Catholic traditions. One of the first Catholic Schools in America was founded in New Orleans and is still in operation today. We have one of the highest concentration of Catholics in the world. Many of our parishes enjoy vibrant liturgies, have wonderful priests, and dedicated lay people. Mary is very dear to the hearts of many of the faithful here, and you will find personal shrines dedicated to her in many front yards. The church here has a rich history and a promising tomorrow.