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With the many cultures contributing to the cuisine in Baton Rouge , there is a blend of Creole and Cajun mixed in with Italian, German, Spanish, Caribbean and Greek influences.
While driving around Baton Rouge , you are sure to notice the large balconies and many doors that adorn the homes. This is a mixture of African American and Caribbean influences.
While down here in the South, you are sure to hear people convert to and from French in their everyday conversations. There are words such as Cher , a term of endearment; envie, which is a longing for something, usually food in the South; and of course beignets, cafe au lait, and etouffe, which you are sure to hear while visiting baton rouge.
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Baton Rouge’s rich cultural tradition can be seen in its unique attractions, heard in its Zydeco, Blues and Cajun music, and tasted in its blend of Creole, African American, French and Spanish cuisine. Baton Rouge is truly the center of Louisiana ’s cultural excitement.
No trip would be complete without experiencing the picturesque ride along River Road out to one of the Baton Rouge Area's numerous antebellum homes. Spend the day exploring Nottoway , Oak Alley, Houmas House, Magnolia Mound, The Myrtles or one of the many other beautiful and mysterious plantations in the Baton Rouge area.
From every direction, everything uniquely Louisiana culminates in the state’s capital city. Experience the downtown renaissance at the Shaw Center for the Arts with theatrical performances, art galleries, fine dining and more. Get a bird’s eye view of the city from the observation deck of the 34-story State Capitol, and then walk right across the street to visit the brand new Louisiana State Museum . And while you’re downtown, dive into the colorful history of Louisiana politics at the Old State Capitol and the Old Governor’s Mansion, built by legendary Governor Huey P. Long.
Friday Night Dancing a Tradition at the American Legion Hall
Since no visit to Louisiana would be complete without being exposed to the passionate, foot stomping music of the region, there are Cajun and Zydeco festivities in the area that will give you an opportunity to immerse yourself in what is a long standing tradition. Cajun dancing is as central to Louisiana culture as its Creole cuisine. In Baton Rouge, the American Legion Hall, 151 South Woodale Blvd., Baton Rouge, is one spot where you can put your dance steps together and learn some new ones if you’ve never tried. Hosted by the Cajun French Music Association, which estimates about 223 dancers participate on average per session, the dances are well-attended.
On Friday nights the dance floor is alive and hopping with dancers twirling and gliding to live music that would make the most weary want to get up and cut a rug. Before the real action commences, free lessons are offered beginning at 7:00pm. With rousing Cajun music as a back drop, by eight o'clock dancers know it's show time. Regardless of your dance skill level, the CFMA welcomes the general public. Newcomers, family, friends and relatives of all ages are invited to stop by. There is a nominal entry fee and food is available for purchase.