A couple of years ago my major home base shifted from Texas to Louisiana. I have to say, one of the great things about Southwest Louisiana (besides the food) is the fact that you can pretty much always find a Festival or a party on any given weekend.
Last Saturday night I had the pleasure of attending a “VIPink Party” given by the Lafayette chapter of the Susan G. Komen Foundation to raise money and honor breast cancer survivors. The blinged out pink affair was held at the Cypress Bayou Casino & Hotel in Charenton, LA (another thing about SW LA is that things aren’t pronounced the way they are spelled. “Charenton” is pronounced “Cher-ruh-ton” – and make sure you say it really fast!)
I’d heard quite a bit about the Casino but hadn’t had the opportunity to visit. We had to walk through the Casino to get to the banquet room
which meant I had to walk past the mindless Zombies seated at the slot machines and the fanatics at the crap table.
The sights and sounds were awesome! Here are some highlights:
The table decorations were gorgeous:
Pink, pink everywhere . . . .
Dinner was a fabulous buffet, complete with pink butter for our panini-grilled bread:
and dessert was . . . well . . . pink:
(Yes, not only is that a pink Rice Krispy Treat, that’s a pink praline over on the right. Yes. Exactly.)
After dinner comes dancing. We were treated to old school jams from the band Krossfyre:
Everybody loves old school jams . . . (even when they get off step):
And what’s a Southwest Louisiana party without some good rockin’ Zydeco?
See the rub-board he’s wearing? My Grandmother used to play one, only hers wasn’t nearly so fancy. It wasn’t a “body” one, either – just the good, old-fashioned scrubbing board (some people call it a wash board) framed in wood.
She held it up to her chin in the crook of her arm like it was a fiddle. The “pick” she used to play it? Visualize a wire clothes hanger. Fold the long sides in half. See the hook at the top? That’s the part she “scratched” with!
All in all, it was a wonderful night and I had a great time. I was happy to participate in such a worthy cause, and look forward to more of the same.
Next up: Festival International de Louisiane kicks off this week, April 24-28! ! Woot Woot!
Join in the Fray: What’s your thing: A Festival , Carnival, or Amusement Park?
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Jeff, make sure you put “Festivals” on your Bucket List – ESPECIALLY one in Louisiana! And no, you’re not imagining things – LOTS of Zydeco Swirlers down here! Woot Woot!
Never been to any kind of festival… so amusement parks are my thing by default.. but they look awesome. I LOVE the Zydeco. Both the music and the dancing rock. Is it just my imagination, or are many of the zydeco videos on Youtube VERY Swirl friendly? Seems like it…. Nice…