A Celebration of Festivals: Tangipahoa Parish
Flowers, birds, sun-filled sky, and a nice breeze – the beauty of natural landscape surrounds you, but you’re not yet burned by the wicked heat. It is, indeed, the perfect time of year in Louisiana! What better way to celebrate than enjoying the outdoors in true Cajun fashion, via festival!
Festival is defined as a day or period of celebration. In Louisiana, there is ALWAYS something to celebrate! As a matter of fact, you’d be hard pressed to find a spring weekend in Louisiana without a festival. These annual celebrations display all that is great about the South. Communities come together to share traditions, sing and dance with one another, and -- of course -- eat as much fantastic food as possible!
Tangipahoa parish is a great example of the thriving festival life in South Louisiana. Drop by any of these celebrations to get a great dose of Cajun culture and pass a good time!
March 10-12: Independence Sicilian Heritage Festival - Dating back to the 1800’s, Independence -- the “little Italy” of Louisiana -- has been home to generations of Sicilian families. You’re invited to party with your family at this weekend festival of crafts, rides, pageants, parade, live music, and the not-to-be-missed spaghetti cook off.
March 17-19: Amite Oyster Festival – A full weekend of family fun, food, and music. Dine on some of the best fresh oysters in the world on the half shell or on a poboy. Enjoy live entertainment from Cajun, country, rock, and reggae artists. Don’t miss the carnival rides and variety of arts and crafts vendors.
March 24-25: Hammond BBQ Challenge – This event began in 2003 as a competition that would be a fundraiser for local organizations, specifically TARC, which serves those with disabilities. Competitions include the professional main event - the local Backyard Challenge - and a children's division.
April 7-9: Ponchatoula Strawberry Festival – The 46th Annual festival is to be held in Memorial Park. FREE family-friendly outdoor festival, filled with lots of great food, games, entertainment, and fun for people of all ages to enjoy. We promise you’ll have a BERRY good time!
For more information on these or a complete list of other festivals, please visit us at www.tangitourism.com .
By Kandice Dequeant, a freelance journalist living in Lafayette.