Creole Heritage Tour Itinerary

In Southwestern Louisiana, Creole heritage is preserved through the food and music of the descendants of African and French settlers to this area against a backdrop of bayous, swamps and plantations. Combine your tour with special events like Festival International de Louisiane (April), Zydeco Extravaganza (Saturday before Memorial Day), Reggae Fest (September), Southwest Louisiana Zydeco Music Festival (Saturday before Labor Day) or attend a Sunday Gospel church service.

Day 1:  Tour Creole sites in New Iberia

  • St. Edward's Roman Catholic Church. First church of the first African-American Catholic Parish in the nation.
  • Bunk Johnson's Gravesite in St. Edward's Cemetery
  • St. James United Methodist Church
  • Felicite's Memorial Marker
  • Lunch in a Creole restaurant in New Iberia or St. Martinville
  • Tour Creole sites in St. Martinville
  • Notre Dame Catholic Church
  • Longfellow-Evangeline State Commemorative Area & Plantation
  • Dinner at a Lafayette Creole restaurant followed by dancing at a local Zydeco dancehall

Day 2:  Tour Creole Sites in St. Landry Parish

  • Black Academy, Opelousas - on National Register of Historic Places
  • Holy Ghost Catholic Church & School, Opelousas
  • Lunch in Opelousas or Washington at local Creole restaurant
  • Wannamuse Institute for Arts, Culture, & Ethnic Studies, Washington
  • Truevine Baptist Church, Grand Prairie
  • Complete your day with dinner in a Lafayette Creole restaurant and dance the night away at a local Zydeco dancehall