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 musicians meticulously handcraft accordions, artists create elaborate sculptures for Mardi Gras floats, and a Creole cook grind sassafras leaves into filé for gumbo. Learn the art of Mardi Gras Indian beading, how to knit a shrimp net, or cook up an Isleño cure for the flu. 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.
Two very special exhibits will be featured this year in the Folklife Village. During first weekend, The Cultural Crossroads tent will spotlight the legacy of Mardi Gras Indians. Exciting panel discussions with scholars and community panelists will be held three times daily. During second weekend, the Nuevo Orleans: Crafts of Latin America tent will be showcased. As a tribute to Cinco de Mayo, the culture of Latin America will be highlighted with Latin artist demonstrations and mariachis.
A performance by Mariachi Jalisco will be held at the Folklife Village on Friday, May 5th, at noon.