This past weekend I had the distinct pleasure of attending the 76th International Rice Festival in Crowley, LA. For those of you who may be unfamiliar with Louisiana culture, the state’s Department of Tourism reports that Louisiana holds over 400 festivals every year – and is “often called the Festival Capital of America.” The New Orleans Times Picayune puts it this way: “If you can eat it, drink it, play it, dance to it or ogle it, there’s a festival for it in south Louisiana. Probably this week.”
With that being said, the Rice Festival provided a delightful expression of diversity in two forms that really matter: People and food! These festivals seem to be the time that everyone pretty much put aside any race-centered or ethnic differences and instead become Louisianans who want to have a good time.
Yep, there was plenty of Swirling going on:
Where else in the world can large crowds of Blacks and Whites (with good sprinklings of Asians and Latinos mixed in) listen to and enjoy music like this:
And not only that, DANCE to it:
AND, in addition to the fried alligator and spicy boudin balls, enjoy a good serving of pig feet or tripe? (I purchased some wonderful homemade pralines. My cousin bought a bowl of pig feet - they were seasoned to perfection and delish! Yes, I eat pig feet - don't judge me).
The truly adventuresome were able to help themselves to good ole helpings of squirrel, rabbit, or shark. Gotta try that shark next time . . . . .
Join in the fray: What’s the most exotic food you've ever eaten? Would you be willing to try fried alligator, boudin balls, squirrel, or shark?
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