Like its signature dish, gumbo, Louisiana is a spicy stew comprised of many distinctive elements: African-American, Cajun, Creole, Latin, French, 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, build a water cistern, 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 first weekend, we feature the Art of Adornment in our Cultural Traditions Tent. Special demonstrations of hairstyling, essential oil practices and body adornment will be shared with Festival-goers.
On second weekend, the Made by Hand Tent will spotlight musical instrument makers and musical repair. Also a highlight, Mariachi Jalisco joins us to play a mariachi set on Friday April 29th from 3:45 pm to 4:25 pm.