Traditionally, the Mardi Gras season begins on January 6, the Epiphany, or Three Kings’ Day when the Wise Men visited the Christ child, and continues through Mardi Gras Day, always 40 days before Easter which is set based on the spring equinox. Mardi Gras includes not only the “Throw Me Something, Mister” parades, but also balls and parties, where Mardi Gras royalty are celebrated.

Christmas is a magical time of year, but when you Christmas on the Cajun Coast, that magic becomes even more magical, when holiday events are coupled with exploring the beauty of the Atchafalaya Basin, feasting on Cajun fare, and meeting locals whose holiday hospitality is practiced all year long.

“How’s Your Mom-and-Dem”? As the greeting goes, and with Thanksgiving the fourth week in November, thoughts turn this time of year to family. Family is very important on the Cajun Coast where generations have made their living along its waterways. And we have everything you need to plan the perfect family reunion!

From Harvests to Historic Exploration - there's plenty to do on the Cajun Coast this fall!

As summer slowly begins to give way to fall, everyone wants to be outside, including the animals along the Cajun Coast. Alligator spotting becomes more frequent on swamp tours and birds traveling along our flyway to warmer climates fill the skies and skim along the water’s edge.

Shrimp & Petroleum - (and Other Unique Things on the Cajun Coast!)

Laid back foodies, you have found your vacation paradise on the Cajun Coast! 

Ah, Summer, and the Livin’ Is Easy. 
Being on the water, whether on a peaceful inlet bayou or the deep blue seas of the Gulf, is a perennial summer pastime. With the sunlight reflecting off the water, the cares of normal 9-to-5 living slip into the rhythm of the lapping waves.

Bayou Swamp Tours on the Cajun CoastSome mamas love the outdoors - especially Mama Cayenne. With approximately as much waterways as land, the Cajun Coast is home to remarkable eco-systems not found in any other state.

Unusual Spring Festivals - You’ve got to admit, an area that celebrates shrimp & petroleum in the same festival, has some work to do to top the distinctive festival list, but we have some interesting festivals in the spring that you’ll want celebrate a little differently. See our calendar for the full line-up.

St. Patrick’s Day celebrations on the Cajun Coast feature more than just parades in an area known historically for the Civil War Battle of Irish Bend and settlers of many different cultures, including Irish, English, Italian, French, German, Danish, and Native American.

Ahh - romance! Your eyes adjust to the soft, morning light filtering in through billowing curtains, as you pick up the faint aroma of bacon and coffee wafting in from beyond your suite door.

Snow birds eager to escape clouds, miserable weather and frigid temperatures often think of Florida for the winter months unless they have family and friends to visit in Louisiana.

Doug Larson said “If people concentrated on the really important things in life, there'd be a shortage of fishing poles.”

On the Cajun Coast, we agree. Everyone can have a fishing pole in their hands year ‘round here. It’s just a matter of choosing where you want to cast your line.

By Roger Emile Stouff

Awakening to thunder from a late afternoon nap, flashes of brilliant lightning lanced through the windows, burning my eyes with white magic.

Ancient Grecians surely watched with anticipation as their favorite contestants competed in early Olympic events like boxing, archery, chariot races and discus throwing.

Located on the western bank of the Atchafalaya River in Berwick, Louisiana, the Southwest Reef Lighthouse is the centerpiece of the Everett S. Berry Memorial Lighthouse Park.  In 1987, the lighthouse was lifted from the screw piling - where it sat since before the Civil War - in an attempt to preserve the historic structure for future generations.

For a step back in time to the days of wandering the hometown Main Street to shop for your wares, one only needs exit U.S. 90 at the picturesque town of Franklin, LA.

The 81st edition of the Louisiana Shrimp & Petroleum Festival kicks off today with a ribbon cutting and carnival before getting into full swing this weekend.

Crisp air, crunchy leaves tumbling to the ground and tons of festivals – It’s fall on the Cajun Coast, y’all. 

National Aviation Week is celebrated this year August 15-21. It’s always during week of Orville Wright’s birthday - August 19.

National Aviation Day is observed each year on August 19th.  This day is dedicated by Presidential Proclamation to those who helped pioneer aviation in the United States.

The Cajun Coast is coordinating with Livingston Parish Tourism Assistant Director JT Taylor (whose father is a minister at Life Church in Walker) to get supplies to the 100-150 evacuees their church is housing. Additionally, the church is feeding about 200 people per day as flood victims in neighboring homes who have no way to cook are given meals.

Any chef worth his salt will tell you ingredients are best when they are fresh - and shrimp don’t get any fresher than when they’re bought straight from fishermen themselves at the dock.

The Louisiana Shrimp & Petroleum Festival is the state’s oldest chartered harvest festival, held every Labor Day weekend in Morgan City.

Sugar, spice and everything nice. Grand plantations and sprawling countryside. These are the diverse images evoked by a commodity that means $2.7 billion to the Louisiana economy.

The Cajun Coast Visitors & Convention Bureau would like to welcome the players, coaches, family members and friends of the Dixie Youth 10- and 12-year-old South Regional Majors tournament and North Regional AAA tournament.

We will play host to 32 teams of Dixie Youth players (480 players and coaches) July 15-19 in Morgan City and Bayou Vista.

In the 19th century, Monday typically was laundry day. Without a washing machine, the lady of the house tended to every article of clothing by hand.

The Last Honky Tonk Music Series brings national acts to small communities across the country, creating a camaraderie between artists and music lovers.

Instagram poster @tltickets, whose real name is Tara Gauthreaux, has a feed full primarily of one gorgeous nature shot after another.

If she is a painter of sunrises, sunsets and gorgeous skyscapes, then Louisiana is her canvas.

Temperatures are soaring and the kids need something constructive to do now that they’re out of school. Grab a snoball, put your feet up and review these family-friendly activities on the Cajun Coast.

 Swimming/ Splash/ Spray Parks/ Beaches