We left New Orleans and I wanted to drive across the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway. Why? Well according to the Guinness Book of World Records it is the longest continuous bridge passing over water in the USA (it was the longest in the world but now the Jiaozhou Bay Bridge in China is the longest).
Arrived in Lafayette Parish Louisiana and stayed at a Boondockers Welcome host, Lonnie and Antoinette. Wow what a fantastic time we had with these folks and their wonderful friends. We learned what a Parish is in Louisiana. They invited us to a cookout with cracklins and gumbo and a crawfish boil the next day. All of it was fun and delicious! The next day we joined our host at Little Big Cup for brunch. We had more crackling, a great jambalaya and gumbo and fantastic Creme Brulee French toast.
Then we went to the Tabasco Company Factory and Museum tour which was worth the visit. We bought a bottle of their bloody Mary mix for our host.
The next day we went to Prairieville in Ascension Parish, Louisiana. Met our wonderful host. Set up the rig right next to the bayou. By the way a Bayou is a slow-moving Creek. Or swampy section of a river or a lake.
The next day we went to Eunice to see a traditional Cajun Mardi Gras. We had heard of this on the LINK Anthony Bourdain TV show.
This was 2 hours from our location and our host graciously offered to drive us there. We ate the best Alligator we have ever eaten, ala po’boy at Nick’s on 2nd. There was a stage with a band playing cajun and zydeco music, stands selling crafts and Mardi Gras clothing and decorations. Then the parade started with police on motorcycles having fun leading it. Then the real fun started. The horseback riders in full cajun garb rode down the street then the floats with bead throwers. And there were people walking in the parade holding chickens.
This was the most fun Mardi Gras Parade we have seen on this wonderful trip! The costumes, the friendliness, the food, music and energy were fantastic! Thank you Louisiana!!!!
We stopped at the LARC Acadian Village. We were so under whelmed by it I didn’t even mention it in the podcast.