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The first Experience Louisiana Festival, held on the LSU at Eunice campus, Oct. 17 and 18, 2015, was a spectacular success. The organizers, led by Dwight Jodon and Pat Dossman with support from the Eunice Rotary Club and many volunteers, fully achieved their goal of offering a generous sampling of the cultural richness that Louisiana offers in such abundance.

As usual at festivals, most of my photos were taken at the music stage. But this festival offered much more than music. I took photos covering several other parts of the festival grounds—the Folklife Village, Food Village, Coushatta Indian Tribe of Louisiana dance exhibition, cooking demonstrations, Eunice Courir de Mardi Gras, the Narrative Stage with Goldman Thibodeaux and Darrell Bourque—but I didn’t cover many other activities: Artists’ Village, Film Village, early morning boucherie, antique car show, college exhibition softball and baseball games, and a lot more.

In 2009, I retired from LSUE after 35 years, so it was especially gratifying to attend a festival held at the campus, plus I live only a half mile away.

The backdrop for the music stage was a semi-transparent Louisiana flag with the sun shining through it from the south, creating backlighting issues that I tried to deal through post-processing.
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