In addition to its Creole roots, Acadiana enjoys an emphatic Cajun French influence. With singular cuisine, architecture, languages and celebrations, the area is home to a diverse blend of educational and enriching fun.
Lafayette is ranked as the No. 1 happiest city in the nation, according to researchers from Harvard and the Vancouver School of Economics. Relative to this ranking, the area is characterized by friendly, inviting residents. Vibrant festivals, special events, historic venues and authentic traditions are all hallmarks of the region locals celebrate year-round. Festivals include the world-famous Festivals Acadiens et Créoles and Festival International de Louisiane.
In addition to the region's established festivals, residents enjoy new, fun traditions as well. The South Louisiana Black Pot Festival and Cookoff features two days of music, dancing and camping with locals competing for the best dish cooked in a cast iron pot. Downtown Alive, a free spring and fall outdoor concert series, allows residents to dance and enjoy local music in a scenic outdoor venue.
Above all, friendliness, culture and a sense of community are hallmarks of both the people and places in Acadiana.