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AUG 2015

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w w w . c o n v e n t i o n s o u t h . c o m 45 A festive spirit resonates throughout Louisiana, seeping out of the bayou and weaving its magical spell over this deep- South state. Brightly decorated King Cakes; dazzling, rambunctious Mardi Gras krewes; local art, music, magic and street performances found on Jackson Square; and the vibrant, distinctive festivals such as the New Orleans Jazz Fest and Mardi Gras in the colorful cities and towns of Louisiana are just some o f the enticements to discover when visiting. Musically, Zydeco, Cajun and the lively New Orleans style of jazz are all part of the fabric of Louisiana. Past artists, such as legends Louis Armstrong and Professor Longhair, and today's artists, including the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, The Meters, The Neville Brothers and Dr. John, to name a few, provide this Southern state with its own soundtrack that contributes to the region's easy- g oing vibe and the motto, "Laissez les bons temps rouler!" (Translation: "Let the good times roll!") New Orleans bestows a feast of adventure upon guests with historic hotels and culinary temptations that rival any destination in the world. In the French Quarter, groups can really experience the atmosphere of the historic city. From its famous New Orleans beignets to Cajun and Creole dishes, not to mention S outhern cuisine, the flavors of the city entice visitors back again and again. Southwest Louisiana is a distinct region of the U.S., with immersive experiences into the Creole and Cajun cultures that are unique to the state. In and around Lake Charles, groups can sample authentic Cajun food on The Cajun Boudin Trail. The Charpentier Historic District features beautiful homes and celebrates the region's unique past. There's outdoor adventure year-'round with fishing and hunting in Louisiana's Outback along the Creole Nature Trail All- American Road. Lake Charles, the Festival Capital of Louisiana, features more than 75 fairs and festivals including the Louisiana Cajun Food Festival in Kaplan and the Experience Louisiana Festival in Eunice. n City Map Location Page A B C D E F 1 2 3 4 5 6 Alexandria ................................B3 .......................46 Baton Rouge............................D4 .......................46 Bossier City..............................A2 .......................48 Gonzales..................................D3 .......................48 Hammond ................................E4 .......................48 Houma .....................................E6 .......................48 Jefferson ..................................E5 .......................48 Kenner .....................................E5 .......................50 Kinder.......................................B4 .......................50 Lafayette ..................................C5 .......................50 Lake Charles............................B5 .......................50 Many ........................................A3 .......................50 Metairie ....................................E5 .......................50 Monroe/West Monroe ..............C2 .......................50 Morgan City .............................D5 .......................50 New Iberia ...............................C5 .......................50 New Orleans ............................E5 .......................50 Port Allen .................................D4 .......................52 Shreveport/Bossier City .............A2 .......................52 Slidell........................................F5 .......................54 Photo: David Hill Louisiana 2 0 1 5 / 2 0 1 6 M E E T I N G S I T E S G U I D E ⎜ ConventionSouth ⎜ Join in Lake Charles' Mardi Gras Celebration The Lake Charles Mardi Gras Museum showcases the largest costume collection in the South with dazzling colors and elaborate Mardi Gras designs, each more splendid than the last. Located in the Central School Arts and Humanities Center, the museum has six rooms with memorabilia and more dedicated to preserving the history of Mardi Gras in Southwest Louisiana. Climb aboard a parade float and feel the excitement of celebrating Mardi Gras. n Aweso m e R .O. E. Lake Charles Mardi Gras Museum

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