Sharing the food, music, culture, and history at the heart of Cajun & Creole Country.

Chere Coen
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Chere Coen

Cheré Dastugue Coen is an award-winning journalist and author of Haunted Lafayette, Louisiana and Exploring Cajun Country: A Tour of Historic Acadiana. Cheré is also the author of the Weird, Wacky and Wild South blog and writes novels under the pen name of Cherie Claire.

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https://cherecoen.wixsite.com/cherecoen

https://www.weirdsouth.com/
https://www.cherieclaire.net/

Mardi Gras Royalty

Our Mardi Gras season, which stretches from the Twelfth Night of Christmas or Jan. 6 to Mardi Gras day, the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday and the advent of Lent, is filled with extravagant balls and pageantry like no other. Organizations that host Carnival parades, balls, and pageants are known in…

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Living It Up Before Giving It Up - Cajun & Creole Carnival

South Louisiana is home to the greatest free party on earth, a colorful celebration known as Mardi Gras. But what most people see on television the weekend before Lent starts much earlier. The entire Mardi Gras season runs several winter weeks in Lafayette and throughout the Acadiana region and…

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Top Sights in Carencro

Carencro has a long and fascinating history with the Attakapas tribe, and later Acadians arriving in the mid-1700s, but most people wonder about the city's unusual name. Its origins have been argued over the years, with some attributing it to Native Americans telling European settlers that large…

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Top Sights in River Ranch

River Ranch is a planned community in the heart of Lafayette, LA. The traditional neighborhood development features more than 900 households in two districts, each with a park, shopping district, and hiking and biking trails. The original Town Center's trademark gazebo and lawn space are perfect for…

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Things To Do On A Sunday in Lafayette

The fun never stops in Lafayette, a Cajun and Creole city rich in culture, history, and food. And that includes Sundays. You'll find our outstanding cuisine, live music, dance floors, and unique natural environment waiting for your weekend visit. Check out our suggestions on Sunday activities and…

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What's New in Lafayette

Lafayette is flush with new happenings, from hip restaurants opening, to more ways to enjoy the outdoors. Check out what’s new in Lafayette. Let’s Eat Whiskey & Vine’s a one-stop shop for those who love an evening of smooth live music, a classic cocktail, or a glass of boutique wine with their fine…

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Top Sights in Broussard, LA

Six miles southeast of Lafayette lies the city of Broussard, routinely one of Louisiana's fastest-growing modern cities. But it began when merchant Valsin Broussard arrived during the cold winter of 1784. The descendant of Joseph "Beausoleil" Broussard, an Acadian hero, Valsin named the place Cote…

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Top Sights in Youngsville, LA

Despite its name, Youngsville dates to 1831 when Acadian J.J. Roy arrived, later laying out a settlement with his son Desiré Roy. Back then, it was called Royville, but folks confused it with Rayville in Richland Parish, and the U.S. Postal Service asked for a change. In 1908, Youngsville came to…

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Top Sights in Scott, LA

Much of Southwest Louisiana developed when the railroad came through in the late 1800s. In 1880, the Louisiana Western Railroad obtained a right-of-way northwest of Lafayette, through the land of V. Cayret, who insisted the railroad place a station there in the hopes of encouraging the creation of a…

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Tips for Vacationing in Lafayette, LA

Life’s easy in South Louisiana, so pack a bag and come on down. But if you need a little more guidance, we’ve compiled a few tips for vacationing in Lafayette Parish and surrounding areas. What to Wear There’s an old joke in Louisiana that our winters here are so short, last year it was a…

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