Celebrating and Preserving Cajun Culture

In today’s rapidly changing world, it is more important than ever to preserve the ecological and cultural richness of the Atchafalaya Basin.  Both the swamps and people of Central Louisiana are truly unique.

Preserving the Swamps

The Atchafalaya Basin is the last remaining section of the Mississippi’s original flood plain that stretched from Missouri to Louisiana.  Modern development has transformed much of this once-great ecosystem into towns, cities and levies to protect those communities.  We must not lose the Atchafalaya Basin as well, which is home to old cypress trees that host many migrating birds.

Celebrating the Culture

The culture of Central Louisiana is equally important, though.  In fact, the Cajun culture of the Atchafalaya Basin has been influenced over the years by the swampland’s ecosystem.  The animals, plants and seasons are all part of the people’s lives here.

Cajun culture is celebrated all over the country, but few celebrations are as great as the Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Music Festival.  Although miles from Central Louisiana, the Cajun & Blues Music Festival in Simi Valley is one way California residents can celebrate and help preserve this precious swamp in Louisiana.  To learn more about the festival, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary on Memorial Day Weekend, contact the festival administrators.