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AUG 2014

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From the live performers along the bar-filled streets of The French Quarter to the Robinson family known as the "Duck Dynasty" of Monroe, Louisiana overflows with unique charachters. Enhance your next event with this state's unique Southern culture such as: 1. Pour some gumbo. Nothing says "Southern" quite like a spicy cup of gumbo, a soup-like dish that originated in southern Louisiana in the 19th century. From the New Orleans' French Quarter to the northwest city of Natchitoches, groups will find a wide array of gumbo dishes as well as other celebrated Cajun and Creole dishes such as jam- balya. 2. Decorate with roses. The American Rose Center in Shreveport, boasts more than 20,000 varieties of roses in 65 gardens across 188 acres. 3. Dance at a fais do-do. A fais dodo [fey-doh-doh] or a Cajun dance party with live music such as an accordion and fiddle-led band, dancing and plenty of food. The city of Lafayette and other cities are home to several restaurants and dance halls that offer frequent fais do-dos. 4. Travel down the Mississippi. The antebellum plantations that dot the Mississippi River corri- dor from New Orleans north- ward to Baton Rouge all have great tours that focus on history and folklore surrounding the homes and their former occu- pants. The Laura Plantation in the town of Vacherie tells the story of Senegalese slaves who lived there prior to the American Civil War. 5. Stay at a B and B. St. Francisville is located along the Mississippi River north of Baton Rouge. For a city of only 1,700 residents, it's home to nine bed and breakfast inns. And the town offers a different flavor from the French influence of most of south Louisiana, as the eclectic city offers small-town English charm with a walkable downtown filled with quaint homes and locally-owned antique shops and galleries. ■ 2 0 1 4 / 2 0 1 5 M E E T I N G S I T E S G U I D E ⎜ ConventionSouth ⎜ w w w . c o n v e n t i o n s o u t h . c o m 41 Louisiana City Map Location Page A B C D E F 1 2 3 4 5 6 Alexandria ................................B3 .......................42 Baton Rouge............................D4 .......................42 Hammond ................................E4 .......................44 Houma .....................................E6 .......................45 Jefferson Parish .......................E5 .......................45 Kinder.......................................B4 .......................45 Lafayette ..................................C5 .......................46 Lake Charles............................B5 .......................46 Many ........................................A3 .......................47 Metairie ....................................E5 .......................47 Morgan City .............................D5 .......................47 New Iberia ...............................C5 .......................47 New Orleans ............................E5 .......................47 Shreveport/Bossier City .............A2 .......................49 Slidell........................................F5 .......................49 Learn more about where & how to plan meetings in "The Pelican State" by scanning this tag or visiting www.conventionsouth.com/louisiana.htm Photo: Visit Baton Rouge SoHo Hot Spots Picture-perfect meeting venues with a gracious ambiance, stylish charm and Southern hospitality can be found throughout the South and especially at these hot spots in Louisiana: • The Astor Crowne Plaza in New Orleans • The Cook Hotel - on the campus of LSU in Baton Rouge • Dauphine Orleans Hotel in New Orleans • Hotel Monteleone in New Orleans • Paragon Casino Resort & Conference Center in Marksville

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