Legends of Louisiana

80 minutes
Format: DVD
Available: Now

Antibellum mansionBayous, haunted plantations, Cajuns, crawfish, jambalaya, jazz. All images of Louisiana. And they're all true. But this historically French, Spanish, Indian, African, and/or American state (depending on who you talk to) is so much more. Discover a world brimming with history, ethnic contrasts, cultural diversity, unexpected pleasures, and, most of all, delightful legends.

In the northeast, the archeological site of Poverty Point may be the oldest city in the state, with its ancient bird-effigy mounds and artifacts.

We also visit a working cotton gin, the flowers of Elsong Gardens, see rare bibles at the Biedenharn Bible Museum and take a boat trip through Lake Cheniere State Park.

In the town of Ruston, the final days of Christ are re-created at the Passion Play.

Shreveport has a "Voodoo drugstore," the American Rose Center, and the races at Louisiana Downs horse track.

We also meet a real Louisiana Blues musician, Jesse "Babyface" Thomas.

Civil War re-enactmentIn Natchitoches, a tour of the city is just in time for the Christmas Festival of Lights. The plantations surrounding Melrose and Oakland are filled with stories.

In the center of the state is the haunted plantation of Lloyd Hall with its ghost stories.

Join the performers at the Tunica-Biloxi Indian Blue Corn Festival.

In Alexandria, we also tour the historic Hotel Bentley and Fort Buhlow historical site with its Civil War re-enactment.

The state capitol, Baton Rouge, introduces us to the political legends of the assignation of Gov. Huey P. Long in the State Capitol Building.The old capitol building is the site for the Mardi GrasLouisiana Blues Festival. We also join renown blues musician "Tabby" Thomas.

The Great River Road takes us by the antebellum plantations and a tour of Nottoway and the Mississippi Bonfire Festival.

Touring New Orleans through the downtown Garden District, Aquarium of the Americas, French Quarter with its Voodoo and mask-maker shops, ghosts of Metairie Cemetery and meeting the Black Mardi Gras Indians.

hand-fishingAtchafalaya Swamp tour • Lafayette Area • Vermillionville • St. Martinville • Festival Acadiene • Culinary Classic • deep-sea fishing • hand-fishing • cemeteries • the miracle of Grand Couteau • Avery Island Tabasco Tour • Morgan City • Bayous La Fourche, Cocodrie • Cajun Mardi Gras • Frog Festival • faith healing • crawfish boil & crawfish-ing • Cochon de laitBoudin-making

Allons À Louisiana!

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