Like its signature dish, gumbo, Louisiana is a spicy stew comprised of many distinctive elements: European, African, Cajun, Creole, Latin, Cuban, Isleño, Native American, and practically everything in between. To experience this unique culture firsthand, step into the Louisiana Folklife Village and discover many of the state’s generations-old traditions – and some emerging ones, too! Here you can see artists create elaborate sculptures for Mardi Gras floats, blacksmiths forge decorative ironwork for French Quarter balconies, musicians meticulously handcraft accordions, and Mardi Gras Indians bead their suits. Learn how to knit a shrimp net, paint a Day of the Dead sugar skull, and master the art of hair braiding. These are only a few of the dozens of traditions featured in the Louisiana Folklife Village that bear witness to our state’s unique cultural history.
During the first weekend, we feature a new Recreation Tent. Special demonstrations of the games of Craps, Bourre, and Cuban style dominos will be featured and taught to Festival-goers. On the second weekend, visit the Ritual and Celebration in Louisiana Tent where we spotlight Mardi Gras culture and costuming. Also a highlight, Mariachi Jalisco joins us on Cinco de Mayo (May 5th) to play a mariachi set from 3:45 pm to 4:15 pm.