National Louisiana Day is on November 9th and I couldn't be more excited! I love me some Texas, but there are definitely many things from Louisiana that I wish we had over here.

The reason I love the state of Louisiana so much is because I have some deep family ties there. I have a few great-aunts, great-uncles, and cousins who have lived there since the 70s, and when I was a young child, my parents and younger brother went to visit them in New Orleans. I was too young to remember tasting the fantastic food or experiencing the lively spirit of the people. I can only recall that we visited a creepy cemetery and that it was humid AF, as the kids say.

As an adult, I have had many opportunities to visit Louisiana, I just have never done so. I am kicking myself in the keester now because I want more than anything to hop on a plane or take a road trip over the border and have myself a good old time. I can't do that right now, for obvious COVID reasons, but you bet your sweet beignets I'm going to visit New Orleans the second I can. I also want to visit my last living great-aunt on my mother's side who lives in Baton Rouge with her son and great-niece.

Louisiana is best known for its delicious food, the city of New Orleans, and some crazy alligator-filled swamp life, but I can give you a few more people, places, and things to celebrate our fancy sister state to the west.

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  1. Mouth-watering Gumbo (official state food)
  2. Other Cajun and Creole Food
  3. Speaking Creole (and French, Italian, and Spanish)
  4. Shreveport
  5. The Second Line
  6. Natchitoches meat pie (official state meatpie)
  7. Hot Sauce (Tabasco)
  8. Mardi Gras parties
  9. Jambalaya
  10. Foosball & Water Boy (the movie)
  11. Jazz Festivals
  12. Voodoo stuff
  13. Essence Festival
  14. Madam C.J. Walker
  15. Sweet Potato (official state vegetable)
  16. Tyler Perry
  17. Zachary Levi
  18. Popeye's (founded near New Orleans)
  19. Marie Leveau
  20. The best Crawfish in the USA for the crawfish boils
  21. New Orleans
  22. Baton Rouge
  23. American Horror Story: Coven (and Nicolas Cage)
  24. Twangs and Thangs
  25. Mahalia Jackson
  26. The best Beignets in America
  27. Reese Witherspoon
  28. Louis Armstrong
  29. Tim McGraw
  30. Peyton & Eli Manning
  31. Johnny Cochran
  32. Randy Jackson
  33. Anne Rice
  34. The Neville Brothers
  35. Sandra from The Cosby Show
  36. Beyonce's mama (Tina Knowles)
  37. Don Lemon
  38. Stormi Daniels
  39. Lynn Whitfield
  40. Anthony Mackie
  41. Carl Weathers
  42. Harry Connick Jr.
  43. Wendell Pierce
  44. Jon Batiste
  45. Wynton and Bradford Marsalis
  46. Bryant and Greg Gumbel
  47. J.R. Martinez
  48. Juvenile
  49. Mystikal
  50. Birdman
  51. Jared Leto