Festival International wrapped up another incredible year Sunday evening, and as the vendors began closing up shop, and the stages began getting torn down, downtown Lafayette slowly returned to business as usual.
For long time veterans, festival is like a second home, but for those unfamiliar with the area, the thought of navigating unfamiliar streets packed with unusual sights and illegal smells could be a tad bit intimidating. I guess. Just go with me on this. Anyway, follow these important Festival International Do's and Don'ts, because after all, they are important.
Festival brings together such an eclectic blend of cultures and unique individuals that you are treated to sights that occur nowhere else on the planet. Although simply walking around and paying attention will open you up to a world of interesting happenings, I'll let you in on a few of my favorite sights.
There is the professional language spoken while doing business in the city, and then there is that other voice. You know, the one that comes out every time you're two beers deep, or two miles outside Lafayette city limits. The following is a list of words for which the professional voice can't handle and that other voice takes over.
To paraphrase a quote by the immortal Rick James, alcohol is a hell of a drug. Though alcohol is one of those rare substances that is enjoyed by all regardless of race, creed, religion, or class, it seems to have different affects on everyone. The following is a list of common drinker stereotypes. The question is, which one are you?
Though it would be impossible to capture the unmistakable spirit that makes up Acadiana in a few paragraphs, here's a brief list of some of the more familiar idiosyncrasies that may seem odd to foreigners, but are completely familiar for those lucky enough to grow up in the greatest area in the country.
We tend to throw the word normal around like it's an easily obtainable feat. In reality, normal is a tough mountain to climb. In fact, once you get down to the numbers, being normal is hardly normal at all.
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