Category Archives: Lafayette

Eat Lafayette – Gator Cove

gator cove

If you are looking for a restaurant that perfectly captures the taste and feel of South Louisiana, you have to check out Gator Cove! Gator Cove is 100% Louisiana, combining delicious Cajun food with an exciting atmosphere filled with gators, deer and peacocks. Gator Cove gives its patrons a taste of what Cajun country really is.

The building in which Gator Cove resides was initially built in the early 80s as a garage.  Aubrey and Bonnie Henderson built the garage to house their Bluebird bus; however, the screeching of metal upon metal as Mr. Henderson tried to park the bus proved that the garage wasn’t tall enough for the bus.

The Hendersons had to find a new purpose for their garage.  Since they already owned a barbecue lodge, they decided to expand their business.  In 1982, Gator Cove was opened up in the Henderson’s garage.  Since then, both the building and the menu have grown to accommodate larger and larger crowds hungry for some Cajun cookin’.

As a homestyle restaurant, Gator Cove caters to all things Louisiana, specializing in barbecue, fresh seafood, crawfish, succulent steaks, po’ boys, and more! The menu has something to please the entire family, including plate lunches, children’s dishes, and an assortment of delicious desserts. A full catering menu and party rooms are also available for those hosting parties or other special events.

Gator Cove, like all local seafood restaurants, is booming with business this crawfish season, but mud bugs aren’t the only thing bringing in customers.  It’s the entire Cajun menu, the fun and welcoming atmosphere, and the friendly service that Gator Cove has to offer.  Stop by for lunch or dinner and see what Gator Cove has in store for you!

Family Friendly Mardi Gras

Carnival season in Acadiana always offers seemingly innumerable parades, festivals, balls, and parties. Unfortunately, Mardi Gras celebrations are known to get notoriously rowdy and even risqué—not exactly the ideal environment for children.  Your young ones should have the opportunity to experience the fun and excitement of Mardi Gras without you having to worry about impending obscenity.

mardi gras kids

And they can!  The Knowledge Effect coalition of Lafayette and its partners have once again joined efforts to host the 8th annual Family Friendly Mardi Gras event. The organization’s goal is to provide a safe, fun and healthy environment that will allow families to enjoy the Mardi Gras festivities in an alcohol-and tobacco-free atmosphere.

This year’s Family Friendly Mardi Gras is to be held at Parc Putnam, across from the Federal Courthouse on Lafayette Street on February 9, 2016 from 9AM to 4PM. Its location is ideal for enjoying the parades that pass directly in front of the area. With the assistance of local donors the event is open and free to the public. There will be fun jumps, games, alcohol and drug awareness activities, free food and drinks.

Don’t let your children miss out on Carnival season; instead, bring them to a 100% family friendly event for a whole day full of worry-free fun!

Courir de Mardi Gras

Head over to Vermilionville tomorrow to experience a traditional Cajun Mardi Gras run held by the Basile Mardi Gras Association!

courir de mardi gras begging

The run will take place from 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM, featuring the Basile Mardi Gras Runners as they visit the six historical homes in the village, begging for ingredients to make a communal gumbo and performing other traditions.  After the performance, children will be able to participate in a chicken chase, and the one who catches the chicken will win a special prize!

courir de mardi gras music

From 1 PM to 4 PM, attendees will get to enjoy themselves with gumbo and live music by The Pine Leaf Boys, as well as view the “A Tale of Two Mardi Gras” exhibit, demonstrating the vastly different but equally meaningful ways Mardi Gras is celebrated across the city, state, and country.

Admission is $5, and children under 3 get in free.  If you bring a bag of beads to the event, you’ll get $1 off admission price!

Le Festival de Mardi Gras a’ Lafayette

Who’s ready for the parades, the music, the food and the fun of Carnival season in Southwest Louisiana? That’s right, it’s Party Gras time! And next weekend, the place to be is Le Festival de Mardi Gras a’ Lafayette, a five-day festival dedicated to the continuous celebration of Mardi Gras in a festive and safe environment.

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The Greater Southwest Louisiana Mardi Gras Association will host the annual Le Festival de Mardi Gras a’ Lafayette from Friday, February 5 through Mardi Gras day at UL Lafayette’s Cajun Field. The Festival will include an exciting carnival mid-way, native Cajun foods, and an outstanding line-up of live music. To make the Festival a complete Mardi Gras experience, the route for all of Lafayette’s parades will pass directly through the Festival grounds. This popular festival features a robust line-up of live music, a gigantic carnival midway, ample parking, and terrific viewing spots for all of Lafayette’s parades.

What’s the best part about Le Festival de Mardi Gras a Lafayette? IT’S FREE! There is a $10 charge for parking at Cajun Field. All of the money generated from the Festival will be used by the Greater Southwest Louisiana Mardi Gras Association to develop and promote Lafayette’s Mardi Gras parades and activities.

Category Archives: Lafayette

Eat Lafayette – Gator Cove

gator cove

If you are looking for a restaurant that perfectly captures the taste and feel of South Louisiana, you have to check out Gator Cove! Gator Cove is 100% Louisiana, combining delicious Cajun food with an exciting atmosphere filled with gators, deer and peacocks. Gator Cove gives its patrons a taste of what Cajun country really is.

The building in which Gator Cove resides was initially built in the early 80s as a garage.  Aubrey and Bonnie Henderson built the garage to house their Bluebird bus; however, the screeching of metal upon metal as Mr. Henderson tried to park the bus proved that the garage wasn’t tall enough for the bus.

The Hendersons had to find a new purpose for their garage.  Since they already owned a barbecue lodge, they decided to expand their business.  In 1982, Gator Cove was opened up in the Henderson’s garage.  Since then, both the building and the menu have grown to accommodate larger and larger crowds hungry for some Cajun cookin’.

As a homestyle restaurant, Gator Cove caters to all things Louisiana, specializing in barbecue, fresh seafood, crawfish, succulent steaks, po’ boys, and more! The menu has something to please the entire family, including plate lunches, children’s dishes, and an assortment of delicious desserts. A full catering menu and party rooms are also available for those hosting parties or other special events.

Gator Cove, like all local seafood restaurants, is booming with business this crawfish season, but mud bugs aren’t the only thing bringing in customers.  It’s the entire Cajun menu, the fun and welcoming atmosphere, and the friendly service that Gator Cove has to offer.  Stop by for lunch or dinner and see what Gator Cove has in store for you!

Family Friendly Mardi Gras

Carnival season in Acadiana always offers seemingly innumerable parades, festivals, balls, and parties. Unfortunately, Mardi Gras celebrations are known to get notoriously rowdy and even risqué—not exactly the ideal environment for children.  Your young ones should have the opportunity to experience the fun and excitement of Mardi Gras without you having to worry about impending obscenity.

mardi gras kids

And they can!  The Knowledge Effect coalition of Lafayette and its partners have once again joined efforts to host the 8th annual Family Friendly Mardi Gras event. The organization’s goal is to provide a safe, fun and healthy environment that will allow families to enjoy the Mardi Gras festivities in an alcohol-and tobacco-free atmosphere.

This year’s Family Friendly Mardi Gras is to be held at Parc Putnam, across from the Federal Courthouse on Lafayette Street on February 9, 2016 from 9AM to 4PM. Its location is ideal for enjoying the parades that pass directly in front of the area. With the assistance of local donors the event is open and free to the public. There will be fun jumps, games, alcohol and drug awareness activities, free food and drinks.

Don’t let your children miss out on Carnival season; instead, bring them to a 100% family friendly event for a whole day full of worry-free fun!

Courir de Mardi Gras

Head over to Vermilionville tomorrow to experience a traditional Cajun Mardi Gras run held by the Basile Mardi Gras Association!

courir de mardi gras begging

The run will take place from 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM, featuring the Basile Mardi Gras Runners as they visit the six historical homes in the village, begging for ingredients to make a communal gumbo and performing other traditions.  After the performance, children will be able to participate in a chicken chase, and the one who catches the chicken will win a special prize!

courir de mardi gras music

From 1 PM to 4 PM, attendees will get to enjoy themselves with gumbo and live music by The Pine Leaf Boys, as well as view the “A Tale of Two Mardi Gras” exhibit, demonstrating the vastly different but equally meaningful ways Mardi Gras is celebrated across the city, state, and country.

Admission is $5, and children under 3 get in free.  If you bring a bag of beads to the event, you’ll get $1 off admission price!

Le Festival de Mardi Gras a’ Lafayette

Who’s ready for the parades, the music, the food and the fun of Carnival season in Southwest Louisiana? That’s right, it’s Party Gras time! And next weekend, the place to be is Le Festival de Mardi Gras a’ Lafayette, a five-day festival dedicated to the continuous celebration of Mardi Gras in a festive and safe environment.

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The Greater Southwest Louisiana Mardi Gras Association will host the annual Le Festival de Mardi Gras a’ Lafayette from Friday, February 5 through Mardi Gras day at UL Lafayette’s Cajun Field. The Festival will include an exciting carnival mid-way, native Cajun foods, and an outstanding line-up of live music. To make the Festival a complete Mardi Gras experience, the route for all of Lafayette’s parades will pass directly through the Festival grounds. This popular festival features a robust line-up of live music, a gigantic carnival midway, ample parking, and terrific viewing spots for all of Lafayette’s parades.

What’s the best part about Le Festival de Mardi Gras a Lafayette? IT’S FREE! There is a $10 charge for parking at Cajun Field. All of the money generated from the Festival will be used by the Greater Southwest Louisiana Mardi Gras Association to develop and promote Lafayette’s Mardi Gras parades and activities.