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Local governmental units in Louisiana are called parishes, not counties like other states

There are 39 species of crawfish in Louisiana.

Former Louisiana governor Jimmie Davis is better known for his popular recorded rendition of You Are My Sunshine, the second most recognized song in the world.

Governor Bobby Jindal is the first governor of Indian-American descent in U.S. history.

Crawfish are decapods and have 10 legs.

Cuisine that is indigenous to Louisiana includes crawfish (a freshwater shellfish resembling a miniature lobster), gumbo (a hearty soup thickened with a roux, a skillet-browned oil and flour) and jambalaya (a rice and meat dish similar to a Spanish paella).

Toledo Bend Reservoir is the largest man-made lake in the South and the fifth largest in the U.S.

Hurricane Katrina hit southeastern Louisiana and the Mississippi Gulf Coast in 2005 causing fearsome destruction. Hurricanes are severe tropical storms that gather heat and energy through contact with warm ocean waters. When hurricanes come onto land, their heavy rain, strong winds and large waves can damage buildings, trees and cars. "Hurricane" comes from the Spanish word hurricane.

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The world’s largest heliport is in St. Mary Parish.

A complex blend of French, Spanish, German, African, Irish, and Native American influences created the unique regional culture of South Louisiana.

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One of the most significant contributions of Black Creoles in southwest Louisiana is zydeco, known for its blending of French songs and African/Caribbean rhythms.

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Mardi Gras Indians are groups of African American men who parade, chant, and drum on Mardi Gras Day, dressed in elaborate hand-sewn costumes with beadwork and plumes.

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Louisiana is home to diverse immigrant groups. Some have come in successive waves from their home country while others have come more recently. The largest communities hail from Vietnam, Honduras, Mexico, Cuba, India, Germany, the United Kingdom, and China.

New Orleans is the birthplace of jazz.

Other notable musicians who began their careers at The Louisiana Hayride include Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Johnny Horton, George Jones, Faron Young, Webb Pierce and Kitty Wells.

The first opera performed in the U.S. was in New Orleans in 1796.

A small chapel honoring St. John Berchmans at the Academy of the Sacred Heart in Grand Coteau is the only shrine at the exact location of a confirmed miracle in the U.S.

The French name for an alligator is “un cocodrie”.

The Vietnamese are the largest immigrant community in the state with the largest concentration being in Orleans and Jefferson Parishes, followed by Baton Rouge.