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Louisiana – berço do jazz
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Para muitos, Louisiana é conhecida como o lugar onde nasceu o jazz, onde sanduíches "po’boys" super-recheados são abundantes e onde ocorre a melhor celebração do Mardi Gras. A lista das atividades menos conhecidas deste pantanoso estado sulista é deliciosamente nova para quem é de fora: um prato fumegante de gumbo de frutos do mar, beignets recém-assados e drive-thru de daiquiri. Sem contar a batida inconfundível da música zydeco, os bayous com sua beleza sombria e as massas de visitantes aos templos sagrados das sacerdotisas vodu (onde você também pode colocar suas energias de volta nos trilhos).

Aqui, os músicos de cajun e creole (que criaram as músicas do swamp pop em um híbrido de rock, R&B e blues) vivem em uma nova geração de talentos que move as multidões nos redutos locais intimistas de músicas. Louisiana é um local onde a expressão artística floresce e onde os artistas podem ter uma válvula de escape para a criatividade, que continua voando alto, o que se reflete nas várias galerias mostrando arte de forasteiros.

Só na Louisiana as pessoas colocam patins e capacetes — com chifres — e saem por aí caçando uns aos outros como "touros de patins". E só lá existem shows com sapos, em vez de shows com cães, e prisioneiros dando uma de caubói nos rodeios das prisões. E a lista continua:

●     A contagem regressiva já começou para o Mardi Gras, que celebra a Terça-Feira Gorda, em 28 de fevereiro. Esse festival pré-quaresma/Páscoa repleto de festas, paradas, colares de contas, fantasias e tradicionais bolos-rei é um dos eventos mais frequentados de todos os Estados Unidos.

● A     Louisiana State Fair ocorre no início de novembro, em Shreveport.

●     Planeje sua viagem para Louisiana no pico da temporada de lagostim, em março, abril e maio. Agora você tem dois bons motivos para visitar Rayne (capital mundial do sapo, veja acima) e também comer no Hawks, que serve "o melhor lagostim do mundo”.

 

Louisiana – berço do jazz
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