Saturday, April 18, 2015
Killer fest based on French culture 4 hours drive from Shreveport: Festival International de Louisiane, Ap 22 - 26
One of the Bayou State's stunningly sensual fests, Festival International de Louisiane, is sort of hijacked by New Orleans' Jazz Fest. The one weekend of Fest International, Ap 22 - 26, annually coincides with the opening weekend of Jazz Fest, Ap 24 - May 3. Of course, for many people the enormous coolness and brand appeal of Jazz Fest trumps all.
But Lafayette's celebration of the world of French-speaking artists is a killer event. May I enumerate?
1) it is a free festival despite presenting music at 8 stages.
2) it takes place about 4 hours from Shreveport (and Jane Ryder says she regularly drives it in 3), which makes it a day trip. Is I-49 smooth as butter or smooth as avocado?
3) it is much, much more than a Cajun and zydeco event; musical acts arrive from across Africa, Europe and Canada.
4) the food offerings are nonpareil - and are typically less costly than those at Jazz Fest.
5) the art and the crafts have a rich and distinct personality.
Might it be called Highly recommended? Mais oui, cher.