EVENTS IN BATON ROUGE
Parish: East Baton Rouge
Population (2010): 229,553
Climate: Humid subtropical with hot summer highs in the low 90s (F) and mild winters with lows averaging in the lower 40s (F).
Time Zone: Central / Central Daylight
Baton Rouge's Top Venues: Tiger Stadium, Pete Maravich Assembly Center
Teams in Baton Rouge: LSU Tigers Football, LSU Tigers Basketball
Featured Events in Baton Rouge:
The capital city of Louisiana might be overshadowed by New Orleans, especially during Mardi Gras, but Baton Rouge still packs a punch of its own. There is a melting pot of culture in Baton Rouge, as this spot has been occupied the French, Spanish, British, the Florida Republic and the Confederate States since the 1600s. All of these regimes were attracted to the area because of the massive Mississippi River and the access it provides to the nation's heartland. Native Americans and Cajuns also have their fair share of heritage in the vital southern city, providing visitors with plenty of opportunities to try some exotic food and get a taste of southern hospitality. The rich history of the city isn't the only thing that allows it to thrive. Sports play a major role in the culture of Baton Rouge.
During the fall, the city becomes alive with the hoots and hollers of tailgaters, as the LSU Tigers and Southern University Jaguars hit the fields to square off against bitter rivals like teams from New Orleans. Although college football is the most popular sport in the area, college baseball, basketball and gymnastics also have a strong presence. Those who scour the country for a place that showcases professional rugby will be pleased to know that the Baton Rouge Redfish has won several conference championships since 1977.
There's practically no better way to top off the college basketball season than with the festivities of Mardi Gras. For those who wish to steer clear of the rampant craziness of New Orleans and celebrate with a little more subtlety will likely find exactly what they're looking for in Baton Rouge. Even if you have to visit during the off-season, there are plenty of nearby sites to see and events to participate in. The downtown architecture, mixed with French and Spanish styles, is incredibly eye-pleasing, offering an abundance of space for arts and theater such as the Baton Rouge River Center. There are many tour boats that take visitors down the Mississippi River, offering them a view of some fascinating countryside and stunning wildlife.
Baton Rouge, and the entire state for that matter, is one of the only places in the country where people can see an alligator and eat one in the same day. Yes, that's right, reptiles are popular dishes in some of the most authentic Louisiana Cajun restaurants. To experience things that you never thought you'd find in America, book a flight to Baton Rouge and broaden your horizons.
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