|I have been having a small problem today with this travel log, so..hopefully putting the text into a new entry will work. The pictures are in the next entry.
Arrived Feb 10th in Baton Rouge. We are staying in a casino parking lot right on the Mississippi River. What a view!! People pay big $$ for this view, and it's free.
About 1/2 mile away is the Capitol Park Museum. I walked to it and spent about five hours soaking up Louisiana history, culture, music, and Mardi Gras.
The pictures in the other Baton Rouge entry cover the civil war, slavery, some of the cotton and sugar cane tools they used, an outboard motor invented specifically for the bayou, and other artifacts from Louisiana.
The museum has a great music section where you can hear excerpts from different musicians featuring genres such as Cajun, Zydeco (which is kind of a mix of Cajun and Jazz), Jazz, and Blues, featuring the great Louis Armstrong.
The last area is the Mardi Gras section. I learned that the Mardi Gras that you see in New Orleans, is what the locals call "Carnival". It is all the glitz and glamour with the drinking and partying. A short movie showed clips of New Orleans Mardi Gras, and at the end said "Bring yourself and a hundred of your friends", and showed about a thousand people hollering and partying. The true Mardi Gras, which is celebrated in the smaller towns is much more lower key and is more of a family orientated holiday.
Arlene, one of our members had spent time in a town called Eunice a couple of years ago and invited me to tag along to Eunice for Mardi Gras. Most of you know that at heart I am a small town girl and do not like big crowds so I opted for Eunice and we spent the holiday there and then joined up with the group later.