With the Super Bowl and Mardi Gras approaching, residents in south Louisiana are beginning to prepare themselves for 2 weeks of non-stop celebration. Although the Super Bowl takes place in New Orleans, it will still spill over into the surrounding parishes via visitors looking for places to stay, things to do, and good food to eat. One parish that is sure to see an influx of new visitors is our very own Ascension Parish. There are a few reasons for this:
1. New Orleans hotels are full – Not only is the Super Bowl in 2 weeks (Sunday, Feb. 3), but the day of the game is only 9 days before Fat Tuesday. Hotels in the city have been booked for months. And we still don’t know which 2 teams will be playing in the big game, which means that there are thousands of potential fans who have yet to make travel plans!
2. Most people won’t be staying for just one night – The magnitude of the Super Bowl and the concurrent Mardi Gras activities will entice people to stay for at least the weekend. New Orleans has many attractions to entertain them, but many will want to venture outside the city limits to experience things like swamp tours, “cajun country”, or antebellum plantations.
3. Food – Louisiana is known for its Cajun and Creole dishes. That’s a well known fact. But the best Cajun/Creole dishes are not always found in New Orleans. If you want the best crawfish, you have to go to Breaux Bridge. If you want the best boudin, you have to go to Scott, LA. And if you want the best Jambalaya, you have to come to Gonzales. The Crescent City may have the most culinary options in a geographic setting, but it does not necessarily have the cream of the crop.
It should be rather obvious from the three points listed above that Ascension Parish is a prime target for Super Bowl visitors. We have several large hotels that are only 45 minutes from NOLA. We have enough attractions to keep you busy for over a week (historic plantations, live gators, etc). And we have some of the best restaurants in the state (Bernadette’s, the Cabin, Houmas House, etc.). Not only that, but we’re the Jambalaya Capital of the World!
So if you have already booked your flight to Louisiana for the Super Bowl, or are waiting to see if your team wins this Sunday to book a trip, don’t overlook Ascension Parish. It offers everything a visitor to Louisiana would expect and more.