Road Trip 2013 - Lafourche

We are headed down the longest street in the world and setting up along the Bayou for this Friday's stop on the 9 News this Morning: Road Trip. Lockport is located in the center of Lafourche Parish, just off LA 1 and along scenic Bayou Lafourche.

From the very beginning, the waterways have been important to Lockport's economy, and that of the entire parish. That's very apparent when you look at the oil and gas industry. Matt Williams takes us to Port Fourchon, the premiere hub for the oil and gas industry in the Gulf of Mexico

Sugar cane has been another of the Parish's major exports since the 1800's. Diane Deaton visits one of the largest surviving sugar plantations in the entire country, Laurel Valley, outside Thibodaux.

Just a short drive from Lockport, Thibodaux is the largest city in Lafourche Parish, and home to Nicholls State University. Johnny Ahysen tries his hand in the kitchen at the Chef Folse Culinary Institute on campus, and Lauren Westbrook introduces us to a star player on the Colonels baseball team, who's just as important to his family's game plan as he is to his team.

Another place with a long-tradition of education is E.D. White Catholic High School. It's been 100 years since its beginnings as Thibodaux College. Lauren Westbrook shows us how the school is embracing the technology of the future, while maintaining its Catholic roots.

Lafourche Parish is often one of the first places in the line of a storm blowing in from the Gulf of Mexico. Jeff Morrow introduces us to a Lafourche Parish resident who's spent years watching the weather, all to help out the WAFB Storm Team.

It's been a long time since prohibition, but Lafourche Parish has just recently become home to the state's first legal distillery since then. Rick Portier introduces us to an unlikely pair of friends, who's idea for Rouxgaroux Rum is anything but scary.

The town of Golden Meadow is home to another of the parish's many businesses, a place that's truly one of a kind. Graham Ulkins takes us to Chine's Net Shop.

Joining us live at Bayou Side Park Friday morning are many of the town and parish's leaders, including Parish President Charlotte Randolph, Lockport Mayor Paul Champagne, Police Chief Warren Vedros, Lafourche Sheriff Craig Webre and School Superintendent Jo Ann Matthews. Students from Central Lafourche High School and Lockport Middle School will get up early with us; cheerleaders from both schools with help wake-up the crowd, along with the band and robotics team from CLHS.

You can't have a party in Louisiana without music and food! The Hurricane Levee Band and Roland Cheramie will be there to supply the soundtrack, and the folks from the Gumbo Festival and French Food Festival will be there to cook up some of the best in Cajun cuisine. Duck decoy carver Robby Matherne and folk artist Hank Holland will share some insight into their amazing talents.

Learn all about the variety of attractions Lafourche Parish has to offer from the Bayou Lafourche Area Convention & Visitors Bureau. Representatives from the Center for Traditional Louisiana Boat Building, the Bayou Lafourche Folklife & Heritage Museum and the Bayou Playhouse will share news of exciting upcoming events.

You won't want to miss 9 News this Morning, as the 2013 Road Trip takes us to beautiful Bayou Side Park in Lockport.