Besides an array festivals and events celebrating music, cuisine, and everything in between, tourism in the prairie region of the state is further developing. This quarterly newsletter will provide news worthy updates and even a little lagniappe too.  

Thank you for continuing to promote St. Landry Parish, LA. We hope to share our joy and passion for "big city living in a small town", with those beyond the borders of what we call home. 

- St. Landry Parish Tourist Commission Staff
Academy of the Sacred Heart
70541: The Miracle Zip 

Grand Coteau, LA - While Grand Coteau is widely popular for Cajun sweet dough pies  and Gateau NaNa, the buzz around town is that 70541 is the "miracle zip." In fact, December 14, 2016 marked the 150th anniversary of the healing of the novice, Mary Wilson, with the apparition of the blessed John Berchmans. This miracle led to Berchmans' canonization, and is the only miracle in the U.S., recognized by the Vatican . Due to the anniversary, curiosity  surrounding the miracle resurfaced when the holy heart of St. John Berchmans arrived from Belgium, in December, to the Academy of the Sacred Heart, where the miracle   occurred . Residents of the miracle zip felt so inspired by these events that as of December 13, 2016 a unanamous vote by the town council declared St. John Berchmans the official patron saint of Grand Coteau! Both the academy and The Shrine of St. John Berchmans are available for tours by appointment, year-round. Visitors are also welcome to visit Mary Wilson's grave site in the convent cemetery located on  the grounds of the Academy of the Sacred Heart.

Media Contact: Heather Hargrave 

Capuchon making at La Semaine Francaise d'Arnaudville
French Week blooms into French Month 

Arnaudville, LA - Last year, the "french focused" cultural economy conference expanded to include a festival, the Le Feu et L'Eau (Fire & Water) Rural Art Celebration. This year the host, NUNU Arts & Culture Collective, will extend  La Semaine Francaise d'Arnaudville into a month-long celebration, exposing attendees to French immersion through events such as  La Table Jeunesse, a children's French Table, or  Les Courdre Pointes Quilting Circle

Media Contact: George Marks, NUNU Arts & Culture Collective 

Cycle Zydeco is just around the corner

South Louisiana (Acadiana) - Known as a "rolling party" through Cajun Country, Cycle Zydeco is anything BUT a race. This leisurely ride through Louisiana parishes such as Iberia, Lafayette, St. Martin, and St. Landry concludes each night with Cajun cooking, live zydeco music, craft beer, and dance lessons. Registration is still open, and the organizers at TRAIL are inviting travel writers to join the ride! 

Media Contact: Matt Holland, TRAIL
Dwayne Dopsie and The Zydeco Hellraisers at Music and Market
3 Events That'll Make You Want to #TasteLouisiana

The best way to enjoy crawfish without getting your hands dirty or dealing with the arduous act of peeling is in a good Étouffée. The annual festival in Eunice celebrates this staple dish and offers live Cajun and Zydeco music and of course, samples!  

"Anyone can make a good rice n' gravy," said no Cajun - ever. That's why the St. Landry Parish Cattlemen's Association invites the best home chefs to compete in categories such as brisket, beef tongue, and rice n' gravy. This event also features an old fashioned trail ride and cattle dog exhibition. 

3. Music & Market - April 21-May 19 

It's no surprise that the Zydeco Music Capital of the World host a live concert series every spring and fall, but zydeco isn't the only star of this show. Each concert offers local, homegrown produce and spotlights a local vegetable and/or agricultural commodity such as greens, sweet potatoes, or smoked meats!
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