Wichita Falls, Texas Aiyeeee! Laissez les bon temps rouler yall! Are you ready for live boiled crawfish and the best Cajun food around? Come listen to live Zydeco/Cajun music along with some Texas/Oklahoma Blues, Country and Rock thrown in the mix! Downtown Wichita Falls Development and the Elks Lodge #1105 once again put a Texoma twist on The 3rd Annual Cajun Festival taking place Saturday, May 8th at the Farmers Market in historic downtown Wichita Falls; Gates will open at 12pm and the event will last until 10pm. Grab the family and your friends, find your old Mardi Gras beads, search for your craziest hats and Cajun attire and head downtown to shop, eat, play and dance!
Highlights include live music from a variety of bands including Cajun/Zydeco music; live boiled crawfish; a variety of other Cajun cuisine; Downtown Proud Gumbo Cook-off; Cajun Fest Classic Car Show; Crawfish Eating Contest; unique specialty vendors; and inflatables/games area for children of all ages! If you are a motorcycle enthusiast there is also the annual Joe Felix Memorial Motorcycle Run, benefitting the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, will start in the morning and end at the Cajun Festival around 3pm.
For more Info 940-322-4525
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New Orleans (pronounced /nu???li?nz, nu???l?nz/ locally and often pronounced /nu??r?li?nz/ in most other US dialects French: La Nouvelle-Orléans is a major United States port city and the largest city in Louisiana. New Orleans is the center of the Greater New Orleans metropolitan area, the largest metro area in the state.
New Orleans is located in southeastern Louisiana, straddling the Mississippi River. It is coextensive with Orleans Parish, meaning that the boundaries of the city and the parish are the same. It is bounded by the parishes of St. Tammany (north), St. Bernard (east), Plaquemines (south), and Jefferson (south and west). Lake Pontchartrain, part of which is included in the city limits, lies to the north, and Lake Borgne lies to the east.
The city is named after Philippe II, Duc d’Orléans, Regent of France, and is one of the oldest cities in the United States. It is well known for its multicultural and multilingual heritage, cuisine, architecture, music (particularly as the birthplace of jazz), and its annual Mardi Gras and other celebrations and festivals. The city is often referred to as the “most unique” city in America
La Nouvelle-Orléans (New Orleans) was founded May 7, 1718, by the French Mississippi Company, under the direction of Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne de Bienville on land inhabited by the Chitimacha. It was named for Philippe II, Duke of Orléans, who was Regent of France at the time; his title came from the French city of Orléans. The French colony was ceded to the Spanish Empire in the Treaty of Paris (1763) and remained under Spanish control until 1801, when it reverted to French control. Most of the surviving architecture of the Vieux Carré (French Quarter) dates from this Spanish period. Napoleon sold the territory to the United States in the Louisiana Purchase in 1803. The city grew rapidly with influxes of Americans, French, and Creole French. Major commodity crops of sugar and cotton were cultivated with slave labor on large plantations outside the city.
The Haitian Revolution of 1804 established the second republic in the Western Hemisphere and the first led by blacks. Haitian refugees both white and free people of color (affranchis) arrived in New Orleans, often bringing slaves with them. While Governor Claiborne and other officials wanted to keep out more free black men, French Creoles wanted to increase the French-speaking population. As more refugees were allowed in Louisiana, Haitian émigrés who had gone to Cuba also arrived. Nearly 90 percent of the new immigrants settled in New Orleans. The 1809 migration brought 2,731 whites; 3,102 free persons of African descent; and 3,226 enslaved refugees to the city, doubling its French-speaking population.
During the War of 1812, the British sent a force to conquer the city. The Americans decisively defeated the British troops, led by Sir Edward Pakenham, in the Battle of New Orleans on January 8, 1815.
As a principal port, New Orleans had the major role of any city during the antebellum era in the slave trade. Its port handled huge quantities of goods for export from the interior and import from other countries to be traded up the Mississippi River. The river was filled with steamboats, flatboats, and sailing ships. At the same time, it had the most prosperous community of free persons of color in the South, who were often educated and middle-class property owners.
The population of the city doubled in the 1830s, and by 1840 New Orleans had become the wealthiest and third-most populous city in the nation. It had the largest slave market. Two-thirds of the more than one million slaves brought to the Deep South arrived via the forced migration of the internal slave trade. The money generated by sales of slaves in the Upper South has been estimated at fifteen percent of the value of the staple crop economy. The slaves represented half a billion dollars in property, and an ancillary economy grew up around the trade in slaves – for transportation, housing and clothing, fees, etc., estimated at 13.5 percent of the price per person. All this amounted to tens of billions of dollars during the antebellum period, with New Orleans as a prime beneficiary.
The Union captured New Orleans early in the American Civil War, sparing the city the destruction suffered by many other cities of the American South.
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Performed by Chris Miller-accordion. This traditional tune is a bit odd for Cajun accordion repertoire because it is in A minor. When I first heard this tune in my youth, it was never with a band…it was with solo accordion and/or voice. I provide a bit of stomping hear, there is usually a lot of that on the “Courir de Mardi Gras!” I always thought it had an odd sort of appeal–a quirky, haunting character…guess that really fits for Mardi Gras!
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A compilation of some random things Ive done recently. In this video I…
Update on Krispy Kreme
Grumpily about Cajun food in Japan
Appear in a Commercial playing myself… a dork
Link to the CM:
Also, I discover everything is better on a boat.
Lots of fun was had in all places! Hopefully a house tour video is on the way next. Then some new Tokyo adventures.
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Traditional Mardi Gras is a great deal different from the over commercialized Mardi Gras such as New Orleans. This is just a small sample of some of the rich Cajun culture distinct to Louisiana and one of the only cultures native to the United States. This video specifically covers the Mardis Gras of the town of Mamou, Louisiana…the home of Cajun music. Enjoy and remember, though there may be some libation involved…the TRUE Mardis Gras is NOT just about boobies and beads…look it up and learn the cultural tradition for yourself.
Video courtesy of Christopher Jordan
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Balfa Brothers’ song from John Sayles’ Passion Fish soundtrack
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You know about Mardi Gras, the French Quarter and Bourbon Street, but there’s so much more to learn. Find out more about life with http://www.WatchMojo.com in the Big Easy: New Orleans.
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First song is “Evangeline Special” from Iry LeJune and the second song is “Jambalaya” from Jo-El Sonnier
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