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Authentic Regional Cuisine and Music at Cochon de Lait Festival

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Drawing thousands of attendees to the town of Mansura every Mother's Day weekend, the Cochon de Lait Festival is a traditional Cajun pig roast with origins dating back to the mid-18th century. Mansura's four-day festival features local cooks slow roasting whole hogs over pecan and hickory wood fires, a final-day feast and other lighthearted family entertainment.

Highlights include a dance party in the streets of downtown Mansura set to live Cajun, zydeco and swamp pop music played by regional bands. The festival also features a carnival with numerous high-flying rides. The Grand Parade takes place through the streets on Saturday morning, shortly after a 5K and 1-mile fun run.

Couchon de Lait festival goers can buy original paintings, pottery, photography, woodworking, decorative gifts and mixed-media art at dozens of booths showcasing the work of local artisans. On Sunday morning – the last day of the festival – the slow-roasted pork is finally served at the "Grand Feast."