The Real Mardi Gras

The Tee-Mamou Women's Courir de Mardi Gras are coming to your house!

The Mardi Gras spirit is beginning to make its presence felt in southwest Louisiana and the Tee Mamou Courir de Mardi Gras had their first organizational meeting of the year January 22 at the Knights of Columbus Hall on Evangeline…

Mardi Gras in Louisiana: going medieval on your a$$!

Mardi Gras beads are offered as gifts from mock nobility to the unwashed masses during Mardi Gras.

It’s positively medieval. South Louisiana traditions – most of them, in fact – are firmly rooted in old European medieval customs that followed the early settlers to la belle Louisiane and remain intact to this day. The Mardi Gras King…

You need Dee on that wall!

Dee as a puppy

Dee as a puppy

I love my dog. Dee, Defender of the Wall, Slayer of Squirrels, Scourge of the Yard and Licker of Faces loves me back.

She is a 10-year-old Jack Russel terrier. I got her from a breeder in Church Point in October of 2005. When I visited the breeder, we walked out to the dog yard. We whistled for the puppies and Dee crawled out from under the dog house and was the first one who came to me. That’s how she chose me. She is a very clever dog. She does agility, she fetches the frisbee. She rides in the truck. But her most intelligent feat? Over the course of ten years, she waged a silent war of attrition and finally convinced us that she should sleep in the bed with me and my wife.

My grandfather always like to have a good squirrel dog. His dogs were inevitably named Blackie, Brownie or Queenie. Dee is a good squirrel dog. She doesn’t like for squirrels to come into her yard. I think Dee is the reason we can have tomatoes in our garden because the squirrels are too afraid of her.

Dee, Slayer of Squirrels

Dee, Slayer of Squirrels

How a Sleepy Bayou Saved New Orleans and How the Cajuns Adapted—Again

The excerpt below is from the chapter "Atchafalaya: How a Sleepy Bayou Saved New Orleans and How the Cajuns Adapted—Again" from Sam Irwin's "It Happens in Louisiana: Peculiar Tales, Traditions and Recipes from the Bayou."

Throughout the nineteenth century and well into the twentieth, people lived along the Atchafalaya River, many of them French-speaking Cajuns. French was routinely spoken at rural grocery stores like Usie’s Grocery (pronounced you-zay), Amy’s Grocery (pronounced Ah-me) and Shorty’s One-Stop…

The Best Christmas Gift

Paradise Records - the old logo

I used to own a record store in Baton Rouge called Paradise Records. It was located in the University Shopping Center at LSU’s north gate in Baton Rouge. It was on West State Street across the street from Louie’s Cafe.…

Lafayette Christmas, 1927


This is a true Christmas story. My aunt, Lois Lanclos Broussard, gave me the background for this tale. It’s true that many people believed she was a traiteuse, It’s also a fact that my father was ejected from the window…