Legend of the Rougarou

werewolfMany supernatural creatures have cemented their fame throughout history. Loch Ness Monster, Sasquatch, The Abdominal Snowman and Big Foot and basically the celebrities of the supernatural nature world. Down in South Louisiana, the myth of the Rougarou has dominated the bayou for centuries. The bayou-roaming creature is described as having a human body with the head of a dog or wolf, much like a werewolf. The story of the Rougarou is apart of rich Louisiana folklore that is still passed on today. Over the weekend the folks down in Houma, LA. celebrated the 5th annual Rougarou Festival that USA TODAY ranked as top 10 best costume parties in the United States. This Halloween, be on the look out for the Rougarou, whether you’re around the bayou or not.

Louisiana VooDoo

It’s finally October, and that means it’s time to get spooky. In Louisiana, the thrill of seeing goons and goblins roaming the streets are a daily routine, especially on Bourbon Street. Many people are familiar with the idea of someone who seems evil sticking pins into dolls and having total control over someone else’s actions. Although the popular idea of VooDoo is distorted by the people of Hollywood, many folks don’t know that there are in fact many other aspects to the religion. Here’s a segment from a local news station on the origins and misconceptions of Voodoo.

Louisiana’s importance to WWII

This September marks the 75th year anniversary of World World II. Louisiana played host to the largest military exercise in U.S. history. Called the “Louisiana Maneuvers” a total of 19 divisions were established between August and early October of 1941 and until around 1944, around 450,000 unready soldiers prepared and transitioned into a modern force for what would be for the first time in history a modern war. There were camps such as Camp Claiborne, Camp Livingston, the Alexandria Army Air Base and Camp Beauregard that trained men about new tactics, weapons, survival and preparation for time in Europe . The camps stretched north and south from Shreveport to Lake Charles, and east and west from Alexandria to the edge of Texas.