We have a deep love of Lafayette, Louisiana but truth be told we’ve done little more than explore the boudin parlors of the region.

Floppy Hats Are Fashionable At Festival International

Floppy Hats Are Fashionable At Festival International

We’ve never spent anytime in the city on a ramble, chatting with the citizenry, taking photos, listening to music or otherwise engaging the culture.

Hot Brass In Lafayette

Hot Brass In Lafayette

After all, we’re only in it for the boudin.

Wistful At Festival International

Wistful At Festival International

This past weekend we put paid to our wide range of offenses by spending an entire day at Festival International, the sprawling music party that takes over Lafayette’s entire downtown to show New Orleans how to party, at least one weekend per year.

Festival International's Children Looked Like Wild Animals

Festival International’s Children Looked Like Wild Animals

There were tens of thousands of people on the stroll, eating, guzzling cans of beer, sitting in Coleman chairs, dancing to zydeco, smoking, and socializing with one another at what felt like the biggest outdoor party in the history of Louisiana.

The Eating At Festival International Turned Primal

The Eating At Festival International Turned Primal

Sorry Jazz Fest.

Ladies In Wigs Were In Abundance At Festival International

Ladies In Wigs Were In Abundance At Festival International

We rolled in bright and early, parked at Cajun Field and hopped on a shuttle bus to be deposited one block from the Festival a mere five minutes later.

Festival International 2015

Festival International 2015

We immediately chasten a police officer to point us towards the food as we are famished and need sustenance before life fades from our bones.

Food Vendor Hard At Work At Festival International

Food Vendor Hard At Work At Festival International

Polk Street has been turned into an ad hoc food court as dozens of vendors have set up booths stocked with Fried Oysters, Boudin Balls, Cajun Fried Chicken On A Stick, Sno Balls, Alligator Kebabs, Meat Pies, Bacon Cheese Burgers, Sausage Po Boys, Crawfish Etouffe, Fried Catfish Platters, Frog Legs, Shrimp And Grits, Red Beans And Rice, Spinach Boats, Pork Nachos and a host of other carnival food delicacies.

New Orleans Brass Cats At Festival International

New Orleans Brass Cats At Festival International

Orgy time.

Meat Pie At Festival International

Meat Pie At Festival International

After a char-grilled oyster starter we get on the hotfoot to take in some sights and sounds before inevitably circling back to Polk Street for more chow.

Belly Dancer At Festival International

Belly Dancer At Festival International

This goes on for hours: Eat a modest amount of food, circle through the vast festival grounds taking pictures and talking to strangers, then head straight back to Polk Street to start the whole thing again.

2015 Festival International

2015 Festival International

A Cajun circle of life.

Naturally Photogenic

Naturally Photogenic

Halfway through the day we get the dropsies and need some air conditioning post haste. We stop a nice policeman and ask where he would go if wanted a cold beer to cool off and he recommends Prime, a nearby watering hole.

Elderly White Lady Partying At Festival International

Elderly White Lady Partying At Festival International

Prime is a mite thuggish and odd but it serves its purpose of providing cold refreshment. A group of neighborhood toughs are parked at the bar recounting their exploits of the previous evening and they provide some crude entertainment.

Striking

Striking

Leaving Prime we ask another officer if there’s a good tavern where we might enjoy a dram or two and he recommends Antlers, an old bar that is coming up on a century of operation.

Awww

Awww

We purchase a meat pie from the concern’s sidewalk operation and step into the gloaming recesses of the establishment where a group of drinkers are hollering and laughing their heads off.

This Young Gentleman Has Perfected His Gangsta Lean

This Young Gentleman Has Perfected His Gangsta Lean

Our people.

Relaxing At Festival International

Relaxing At Festival International

Antlers is fine, the folks are friendly and the beer is cold and cheap.

Got Lucky

Got Lucky

After a good 20 minute hang we make our way outside to see about finding a live band to dance to.

Casting A Wary Eye

Casting A Wary Eye

While it’s true that our vinyl collection has grown so large that it’s no longer countable, we no longer view our lives through the lens of music.

Lafayette Beauty

Lafayette Beauty

Gone are the days when we evangelized to coax people into going out to see shows seven nights a week.

A Muslim Lady Enjoying Festival International

A Muslim Lady Enjoying Festival International

We still go, we just no longer care if anyone else is there.

Navigating Festival International Via Bicycle

Navigating Festival International Via Bicycle

But then you hear a band like Dakhabrakha from the Ukraine and all bets are off.

White Girl At Festival International

White Girl At Festival International

We saw countless acts perform at Festival International and Dakhabrakha were easily the finest.

Our Future

Our Future

Urgent. Primal. Sexed up. Confusing. Plaintive. Overdriven.

Creole Girl At Festival International

Creole Girl At Festival International

If we were still music evangelicals we would gladly climb to the mountaintop for Dakhabrakha.DSC03244

After a full day of rich foods and hot music we bade farewell to Lafayette.

Young Men With Their Horns

Young Men With Their Horns

We had the time of our lives but we had to make Youngsville’s NuNu’s Meat Market before they closed for the day.

People Strode The Streets Of Lafayette With Beers In Hand

People Strode The Streets Of Lafayette With Beers In Hand

We had spent an entire day in Acadiana and not had one bite of boudin.

Big Fashion

Big Fashion

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