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Old 09-02-2010, 06:50 AM
 
Location: Abbeville, LA
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Sure, the festivals can be nice. But after 20 years, they aren't the same anymore. They aren't as family oriented anymore. Sugarcane fest used to be a blast. I have two young children now and the festivals are not as I remember them. The parades aren't the same. The marching bands don't play much anymore, the dance schools were so much fun to watch. The cajun culture isn't held onto much. We get looked at strange when we go into Lafayette with our thick cajun accents. I've grown tired of the area and the hot weather, which is why I'm looking to move. The only reason I've stayed after graduation was for my family.
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Old 09-02-2010, 07:48 AM
 
Location: Lafayette, La
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I have to agree with you about the whole suburban/hipster scene starting to take over Lafayette. It kind of changed the atmosphere of the city. Its now a more modern city with a more comfortable lifestyle, but its also starting to lose some of the cajun flavor. I can tell that the Cajuns are fighting very hard to preserve that though. Their presence is still well known.
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Old 09-02-2010, 08:19 AM
 
Location: Southwest Louisiana
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Sure, the festivals can be nice. But after 20 years, they aren't the same anymore. They aren't as family oriented anymore. Sugarcane fest used to be a blast. I have two young children now and the festivals are not as I remember them. The parades aren't the same. The marching bands don't play much anymore, the dance schools were so much fun to watch. The cajun culture isn't held onto much. We get looked at strange when we go into Lafayette with our thick cajun accents. I've grown tired of the area and the hot weather, which is why I'm looking to move. The only reason I've stayed after graduation was for my family.

You sure, you don't live in Lake Charles, b/c we have this same issue. The festivals and Mardi Gras just arent the same anymore. They aren't like I remember them when I was a kid. Not the family-oriented, colorful, exciting celebrations that I remember. Of course, ever since those washinton marion girls were treated so poorly at one parade, none of the bands play in any of them anymore except for the Krewe of Omega Parade. To me the cajun and creole cultures should be held on to. I bet if you were to live out in the country, it would be much more tolerated, b/c they seem to be more laid back, and closer to their roots.
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Old 09-02-2010, 09:06 AM
 
Location: Abbeville, LA
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I grew up in Youngsville. They use to have the best Mardi Gras parade. It was small and great with the kids. You knew everyone, the adults would catch the beads for the kids. Now there are too many people and the music is so loud. I now live between Abbeville and Kaplan. The Kaplan parade is still small and family oriented but the band just walks down the street and they blast music from their stereos so loud that they give the firetruck sirens a run for their money. I haven't heard actual Mardi Gras music in so long. Oh, how I miss those days.

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