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Baton Rouge, Lousiana's capital, is located in East Baton Rouge Parish and is the parish seat. It lies northwest of New Orleans along Interstate 10, on the banks of the Mississippi River.

French settlers established Baton Rouge as a military outpost in 1719. Incorporated in 1817, the city became the capital of Louisiana in 1882. Admiral David Farragut captured the city early in the Civil War. The seat of government moved from Baton Rouge during the war.

Today, Baton Rouge is the premier industrial city in the area and the site of an extensive petroleum and chemical complex on the Mississippi. The Port of Greater Baton Rouge ranks fourth in the nation and second in Louisiana in tonage handled. The metropolitan area is the second largest in the state with a population of 231,219 and is home to Louisiana State University.

Baton Rouge enjoys a subtropical climate with mild winters. The Capitol, erected in 1932, is 450 feet high.

Our Lady Of The Lake College | World Evangelism Bible College And Semin |
Art Caffery Gallery |
Education Melissa Zeno's Acclaimed School | Baton Rouge Ballet Theatre |
Restaurants, Cafes, Delis, Bakeries Blue Fish Grill | Primo's Steak & Louisiana Cuisine | Swamp Mama's |
Gambling Argosy Gaming Company | Baton Rouge General Medical Center | Summit Hospital | Womans Hospital |
History Louisiana Naval War Memorial | Mount Hope Plantation |
Motels, Hotels and Resorts Super 8 Baton Rouge | Louisiana State Parks |
Shopping Mall of Louisiana | Sylvia's Antiques |

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03/20 Coming to The area
New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival New Orleans LA April25 The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, a/k/a Jazz Fest, is a 10-day cultural feast in which thousands of musicians, cooks and craftspeople welcome 500,000 visitors each year. There are two main components: the Louisiana Heritage Fair and the Ev ening Concert Series. The Lousiana Heritage Fair is the signature feature of the Festival, showcasing unforgettable music on 12 stages, delicious Louisiana cuisine in two large food areas, and crafts artisans from the region and around the world demonstrating and selling their work.
Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival Breaux Bridge LA May3-5 The Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival has become one of the largest gatherings of world famous Cajun, Zydeco and Swamp Pop musicians and plays host to over 30 bands on three stages during the three-day festival.
Le Festival de la Viande Boucanee Ville Platte LA June29-30 This festival, which translates into the "Smoked Meat Festival", has a World Championship Cookoff, culinary demos, Cajun smokehouse in action, and Cajun Heritage exhibitions. Thirty hours of non-stop music are also an attraction of the festival.
Cracklin Festival Port Barre LA November8 This festival is held in November in Port Barre. Four days of fun include family entertainment, Cajun and Country music, food, cooking contests, arts and crafts, and a parade.
Pepper Festival St Martinville LA September14-15 This annual festival, usually taking place on the third Sunday of October, celebrates the pepper industry in Louisiana. Benefits kids, and attractions include Cajun food, bands, and a Poker Run. One day only. Call or write for dates and times.
Best of the Bayou Festival Houma LA September29-30 Taking place in Historic Downtown Houma, the festival features Cajun and French food, music, weddings, crafts, pirogue racing, antiques, and more.