we were excited – can you tell?

probably the cutest girls there

these people were not messing around


It’s that time of year again – festival! And though I swore 2 years ago that I would not miss a single year as long as I live, I will regretfully not be attending this one. What might you ask is festival? It’s one of the best (if not the best) music celebrations around. 3 years ago I took what was arguably the best road trip of my life (more on that later) with my good friend Sally and ended up in Lafayette, Louisiana. I had absolutely no idea what I was in for – not only was it my first time in Louisiana, it was my first time experiencing a lot of things.

The music itself, a mix of international performers and local musical legends, sets the backdrop for the best 5 days and nights you could imagine. Stages are set up all over downtown Lafayette and so as you walk from stage to stage you can’t help but dance instead. Not to mention the food and the beer! At any given point during festival, one never has two free hands and very rarely even one. And after you think you can’t possible have one more strawberry Abita or shrimp po boy, you find yourself buying more tickets and getting another round. After a day of dancing, delicious food, more beers than you can count and laughing with complete strangers (your new best friends), the main stage closes and there is only one place to go – the Blue Moon. My love for this place will never fully translate through words, but I can try. In short, it’s the perfect venue for listening to Cajun and zydeco music. Quite often the bands you saw during the day play with each other at night, resulting in the best jam session/dance party one could hope for. And of course, there’s always someone willing to teach you the dance moves you never knew you had. Needless to say, I’m still hoping to find a last-minute ticket.