5629
Louisiana
The Cajun Experience in Music, Food and Dance
Revel in the traditions of Cajun Country as you savor local cuisine, experience Cajun dance, enjoy a narrated walk through a folk-life village and learn the story of this unique region.
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Program No. 5629RJ
Length
6 days
Starts at
799
Getting There
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At a Glance

Help yourself to a heaping portion of folk heritage and savor the history, lifestyles, food, language and music of Louisiana’s French-speaking communities. Learn about traditions old and new and watch local artisans at work. Tap your toes to the fiddle and accordion as you learn about Louisiana music’s unique sound. Just like local folks, enjoy down-home cooking featuring dishes such as gumbo, jambalaya and étouffée. It's all here in the heart of Cajun Country.
Activity Level
On Your Feet
Moderate walking and standing up to 1.5 hours.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • At the Jean Lafitte Acadian Culture Center, learn about the deportation of Acadians from Canada and their arrival in present-day Louisiana, then continue to Vermilionville for a narrated walk through the folk-life village.
  • Learn the Cajun waltz and the two-step in an entertaining dance lesson.
  • Visit New Iberia and the Shadows-on-the-Teche, where you learn about the history of this beautiful old home, plus the influence of the area's sugarcane farming.
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David Greely
David Greely, of Breaux Bridge, Louisiana, is a Cajun fiddler, singer, songwriter, and amateur historian known for his skill at bringing out the hidden gems of Cajun repertoire — and for telling a great story. He performed for decades in rural Cajun dance halls as well as the international folk scene as a founding member of the legendary Mamou Playboys, garnering four Grammy nominations. David has now struck out on his own, making hearts dance with small acoustic ensembles.
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Diana Monteleone
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