In 1987, after the Second Oil Bust, Lafayette needed to diversify its economy to loosen the hold that Oil and Gas Industry had on the region. It was decided that the French Culture and Language could be the gateway to a more modern economy. With the help of ideas from the Festival d’été de Québec’s organizers, a few Lafayette citizens set out to create an International Festival. The first festival was held in the June 1987, but in subsequent years was moved to April due to Louisiana’s blistering summers. The Festival International de Louisiane has been named the best French Festival in the United States by many travel magazines. This year lineup includes Angelique Kidjo

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