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May 2012

Contraband Days

12 May 2012

sunny 80 °F

This weekend we vowed to do it like a native Louisianian. Firday night we tried Catfish Junction - a restaurant about 3 minutes from our house. We had heard mixed reviews but gave it positive ones ourselves. The waitress could tell we didn't know what we wanted so brought our samples of ettoufe and fried alligator. She went on to tell us that if you are going to eat alligator you have to make sure you are eating tail meat - the belly meat is greasy and not as tasty.
Jean Lafitte

Jean Lafitte


Next we went to a local festival in Lake Charles. It is called Contraband Days and celebrates the pirate. The annual festival celebrates the legend of pirate Jean Lafitte. The story goes that pirate Jean Lafitte docked his boat right on the sandy shore of Lake Charles and buried his treasure somewhere along its banks.
margarita stand

margarita stand


We had some local food - tamale slammer and a meatloaf sandwich with BBQ sauce, bought a picture with the fleur de lie and took advantage of the margarita stand.
pirates with beads

pirates with beads


The boat parade featured people dressed as pirates and throwing beads at the crowd.
boat parade

boat parade


Like they say - you can definately be a traveler and see unique things even in the US.
us at Contraband Days

us at Contraband Days

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