Cajun country: bayous and
gumbo, swamps and Zydeco, crayfish (pronounced
CRAW-fish) and the Cajun two-step. That's not all there
is to Louisiana, of course, but it's a colorful start.
It's hot in Louisiana, and that's not exclusive to the
weather, although the weather is worth mentioning. It's
sticky and it's clammy and it's humid; by nine a.m. your
clothes are clinging to you like the Spanish Moss that
hangs from the trees in Audubon Park. The other "hot"
items on Louisiana's menu are the music (le jazz hot)
and the food. Ahhhh...the food. You'll find generous
helpings of both in New Orleans, the state's most famous
Sitting on the muddy banks of the Mississippi, New
Orleans is home to jazz players the world over; it's the
birthplace of Dixieland; and its own unique brand of
musical genres borrow from blues, jazz, traditional
Cajun folk music, rock...like everything else in
Louisiana, the music scene always offers lagniappe (a
little "something extra"). Scenes like these help to
bring in seven million visitors a year to the state,
many of them to Mardi Gras, when New Orleans-if you
didn't think so already-pulls out all the stops for 12
days of merriment and madness. Line up behind us; the
fun starts here.