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Creoles and Cajun in Louisiana

Creoles and Cajuns in Louisiana 

Louisiana's multicultural heritage has created a dynamic spirit and lifestyle that is evident in all aspects of the state. Creole and Cajun culture are unique examples of Louisiana’s eclectic history. Cajun culture is born of the tradition of the Acadians who settled in southern Louisiana after their expulsion from Nova Scotia in 1755. The term “Creole” refers to the "born in the colony" and refers to a combination of French culture with Spanish, Africa or Caribbean descendants. 

The colourful contributions of both the Creoles and Cajuns can be experienced through dance, food and music

Creole cuisine dominates some of the best restaurants in New Orleans including Arnaud’s and Commander’s Palace. Cajun music is inseparable from Cajun dancing. Evidence of this can be found in Breaux Bridge’s Café des Amis or Boudreaux and Thibodaux’s Night Club in Baton Rouge.

 

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