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Sunday, November 16, 2014

Louisiana: Rayne Frog Festival

November 2014 Rayne Frog Festival



After 42 years, the Rayne Frog Festival is moving from November to May.


November 2014 Rayne Frog Festival. Chubby Carrier.



So the 2014 Rayne Frog Festival is the last one that will be held in November.

November 2014 Rayne Frog Festival. Chubby Carrier.


Probably a good idea.

Mzuri is cold at the Rayne Frog Festival in November 2014.


South Louisianans don't come to such things in cold weather.

November 2014 Rayne Frog Festival. Chubby Carrier.

 
Despite the wonderful music one would expect, there weren't many people present to enjoy it.


Saturday, November 15, 2014

Rootless: Letting Go

November 24: What I have below is my first draft. Since I wrote it, I took back the hat. And some of the coozies. 



Getting ready for my move at the end of the month.

Letting go of some things are easy, like the saucepot I bought second-hand years ago, which takes forever to heat up its contents on an electric stove. Enough! Out you go.

The 20 coozies I've collected this year. Easy come, easy go. Plastic parade cups, ditto.

I tried to find a reason to keep some of my Mardi Gras bead collection, and I feel a little wrench about letting them go, but groups recycle beads here and I like the idea that my beads will get re-thrown and caught by another happy reveler.

Can you believe I've carted around a plug-in electric burner for longer than my daughter has been alive? I can't even think of when I've used it last. Time for it to go. Irrational, but this hurts a little.

I'm releasing a hat. 



 A couple of reference books will go.

I already donated back three of the chairs I bought from the local Habitat for Humanity's Re-Store.

A box of clothes for Goodwill stands by.


 

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Louisiana: Plaisance: The Step-n-Strut Trail Ride


2014 Step-n-Strut Trail Ride, Plaisance, Louisiana.


One of my goals for Louisiana was to go on (the term "go on" being open to interpretation) a trail ride. Not just any trail ride. A zydeco trail ride. A Creole trail ride.

I had my chance with the Step-n-Strut Trail Ride in Plaisance.


2014 Step-n-Strut Trail Ride, Plaisance, Louisiana.


To set the stage about the trail rides in Southwest Louisiana:  

Below is a lil diamond of a video about Creole riders by documentarian Tabitha Denholm:




A companion article she wrote is here.


2014 Step-n-Strut Trail Ride, Plaisance, Louisiana.



Cajun filmmaker Connie Castille created a lush documentary about the Cajun and Creole history with horses in her two-hour movie, T-Galop. You can watch the documentary in its entirety on Louisiana Public Television here.
2014 Step-n-Strut Trail Ride, Plaisance, Louisiana.


There was lots going on at the Step-n-Strut's home base


Food


Below is a man with a vertical griller/smoker that he made:

2014 Step-n-Strut Trail Ride, Plaisance, Louisiana.


This man was cooking up some pork steaks early on, preparing for sale a little later.


2014 Step-n-Strut Trail Ride, Plaisance, Louisiana.


Pig tails. Squeak.


2014 Step-n-Strut Trail Ride, Plaisance, Louisiana.


Foot care

Look at this horse's beautiful tail:


2014 Step-n-Strut Trail Ride, Plaisance, Louisiana.


There was more than one way to do the trail ride


2014 Step-n-Strut Trail Ride, Plaisance, Louisiana.




2014 Step-n-Strut Trail Ride, Plaisance, Louisiana.


2014 Step-n-Strut Trail Ride, Plaisance, Louisiana.


2014 Step-n-Strut Trail Ride, Plaisance, Louisiana.


Coming back


It was pretty to watch the tired riders and horses return as the sun was sinking. The light and the dust made a lovely backdrop.

2014 Step-n-Strut Trail Ride, Plaisance, Louisiana.


2014 Step-n-Strut Trail Ride, Plaisance, Louisiana.


Videos

I took several videos. I really like this one because it has everything in a short piece - pretty horses, cantering horses, dancing, good music, a trailer with not only a port-a-potty but a full-size grill and a big sound system.



Here is a 13+ minute video of the trail ride rolling out. It has drama and flair and flash. It shows the various ways one can participate on the ride. There's even a bit of an altercation.

Here is a short-short with a lot of drama. Some poor dude is missing his jeans. One can only wonder at the story there.

Rolling out #3 is pretty jumpy, but it's short and it gives a good idea at the huge number of horses and riders participating on the ride.

Rolling out #4 shows fun on both trailers and horses.



A slide show here:


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Oh, yeah, and there was live music, too. This is South Louisiana, after all.




Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Louisiana: Plaisance: 2635 at Sunset

2635 Highway 167, near Plaisance, Louisiana.
  

Just as the sun was preparing for setting, I drove by a cluster of irresistibly-picturesque buildings on Highway 167, outside of Plaisance.

Plaisance is in St. Landry Parish, northwest of Opelousas and southeast of Ville Platte. 

The feed store photos are here.

Today is about #2635, which is next to the feed store.


2635 Highway 167, near Plaisance, Louisiana.



A cultural informant told me that the giant numbers on these buildings are for emergency responders.

Put your shades on for this next pic. 

2635 Highway 167, near Plaisance, Louisiana.





Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Lafayette: Lafayette: Scenes from Festivals de Acadiens et Creoles, #4

I listened to Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys play. Watched the dancers. Tapped my toes. Slapped my hand on my thigh.

But then all of a sudden I heard the transcendent quality of the fiddle playing. Magnificent.





Here's a 2006 video of Kevin Wimmer (the fiddler in my video above) playing Fiddlesticks with another musician at a Roots festival in Tennesee: 



And here he is with his other band, Red Stick Ramblers, in a 2008 performance in Connecticut:




Speaking of Connecticut, I met an accordionist at the festival, Bill, who lives in Connecticut - who loves Cajun and Zydeco music, and who has been coming to the festival for eight years. He comes on the train.


Monday, November 3, 2014

Louisiana: Plaisance: The Feed Store


Allen Joubert's Feed Store, Plaisance, Louisiana

Driving on Highway 167, just outside Plaisance, as the sun was setting on the first day of standard time, I saw the feed store.

Allen Joubert's Feed Store, Plaisance, Louisiana

Felt good to get out of the car and take some snaps of a building like this. Very New Mexico-ish thing for me to do.


Allen Joubert's Feed Store, Plaisance, Louisiana


Allen Joubert's Feed Store, Plaisance, Louisiana





Sunday, November 2, 2014

Lafayette: UL Homecoming Parade


UL Homecoming Parade 2014, Lafayette, Louisiana.


November 1 was the UL Homecoming Parade. Oh, right, there was also a game and other stuff, but I'm all about the parade.

UL Homecoming Parade 2014, Lafayette, Louisiana.


Even the Pope was there.

UL Homecoming Parade 2014, Lafayette, Louisiana.


And, as always, Louisianans really know how to make a parade up nice.

UL Homecoming Parade 2014, Lafayette, Louisiana.

OK, well, I was standing in front of the UL Alumni Center.

Marching bands. My favorite part of a parade. 

UL Homecoming Parade 2014, Lafayette, Louisiana.

 Here's a video from the Opelousas High School Marching Band:




And from the Franklin High School Band. It makes me smile to see how the drummer smiles at :34.



Oh, those drummers.

UL Homecoming Parade 2014, Lafayette, Louisiana.


A slide show:

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