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Old 05-18-2013, 10:49 AM
 
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Is this festival a good one to attend? We're newcomers to Louisiana so I don't know anything about most of the festivals yet. My hesitation is 1) we live in Lake Charles, so going to NOLA is a bit of a drive, and 2) my 21 year old son from Indianapolis is visiting us that weekend, and I want to show him a great time while he's here. He's never been to Louisiana at all, or experienced cajun music and culture. I'd just like other people's thoughts on if this festival is worth driving 3 hours each way and spending the money on a hotel. If it's kind a dud, I'd rather just show my son around Lake Charles.

(For comparison, we've been to the International Festival and the Festivale Acadiens et Creoles in Lafayette, and we loved those!)
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Old 05-18-2013, 06:03 PM
 
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Is this festival a good one to attend? We're newcomers to Louisiana so I don't know anything about most of the festivals yet. My hesitation is 1) we live in Lake Charles, so going to NOLA is a bit of a drive, and 2) my 21 year old son from Indianapolis is visiting us that weekend, and I want to show him a great time while he's here. He's never been to Louisiana at all, or experienced cajun music and culture. I'd just like other people's thoughts on if this festival is worth driving 3 hours each way and spending the money on a hotel. If it's kind a dud, I'd rather just show my son around Lake Charles.

(For comparison, we've been to the International Festival and the Festivale Acadiens et Creoles in Lafayette, and we loved those!)
Well, it looks like it has some pretty big names... I honestly didn't even know that this was going on.

It could be a really neat thing to do; New Orleans really isn't that much of a Cajun center (that's Lafayette, but I'm sure you know that by now)... my suggestion would be that if you want him to experience Cajun culture, make a stop in Lafayette on the way here... you can use the fest as a backdrop for a visit to New Orleans, which most 21-year-old males would find, uh, "entertaining".
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Old 05-19-2013, 09:25 AM
 
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Well, it looks like it has some pretty big names... I honestly didn't even know that this was going on.

It could be a really neat thing to do; New Orleans really isn't that much of a Cajun center (that's Lafayette, but I'm sure you know that by now)... my suggestion would be that if you want him to experience Cajun culture, make a stop in Lafayette on the way here... you can use the fest as a backdrop for a visit to New Orleans, which most 21-year-old males would find, uh, "entertaining".
What would be some other "must-see" places for us in New Orleans? Any prime spots or hidden gems you locals know about? We'll probably be there only for Saturday afternoon through Sunday.
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Old 05-19-2013, 07:44 PM
 
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What would be some other "must-see" places for us in New Orleans? Any prime spots or hidden gems you locals know about? We'll probably be there only for Saturday afternoon through Sunday.
Well, the fest is held at the edge of the Quarter, which is obviously a "must-see". Beyond that, if you're interested in history and/or architecture, a ride on the St. Charles streetcar will provide an experience unequaled by any other in the country.
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Old 05-20-2013, 10:30 PM
 
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Well, the fest is held at the edge of the Quarter, which is obviously a "must-see". Beyond that, if you're interested in history and/or architecture, a ride on the St. Charles streetcar will provide an experience unequaled by any other in the country.
Is that streetcar simply a form of public transportation, or does it have a tour guide who explains to visitors what the sights are?
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Old 05-20-2013, 11:38 PM
 
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Is that streetcar simply a form of public transportation, or does it have a tour guide who explains to visitors what the sights are?
It's an integrated part of the public transit network. No tour guide, but it's very popular with tourists. They're our "cable cars". The houses along St. Charles are worth the ride, but also along the route are Loyola and Tulane U, Audubon Park, and the Garden District, which is the most impressive collection of antebellum mansions anywhere.

http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/St._Charles_Avenue

Links in that article to the streetcar itself and the Garden District.
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