Showcasing Louisiana

  SHOWCASING LOUISIANA: Blacksmithing star forging weapons in Loranger

The craft dates back to Medieval times when brawny men folded hot iron into legendary weapons like King Arthur’s Excalibur or William Wallace’s broadsword. Today, the younger generation has found the art of blacksmithing and knife-making. One of the trade’s rising starts is based out of Loranger.

  SHOWCASING LOUISIANA: Southern Lotus Lion Dance Association

  SHOWCASING LOUISIANA: Mushroom Maggie’s Farm

  SHOWCASING LOUISIANA: Krewe of Apollo’s costumes are larger than life

  SHOWCASING LOUISIANA: Mardi Gras only gets bigger as more parades develop

  SHOWCASING LOUISIANA: Tin Roof Brewing Co. thriving in Baton Rouge

  SHOWCASING LOUISIANA: Candyman from Jackson makes sweet Christmas treats

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  SHOWCASING LOUISIANA: Christmas Eve bonfires in the River Parishes

  SHOWCASING LOUISIANA: Inside Mimosa Handcrafted jewelry

  SHOWCASING LOUISIANA: Living the sweet life on a sugarcane farm

  SHOWCASING LOUISIANA: ‘Bookface’ social media campaign sparks new energy at Ascension Parish Libraries

Louisiana and Festivals: A match made in Heaven

  SHOWCASING LOUISIANA: Rival coach inspired by student athlete with rare condition

  SHOWCASING LOUISIANA: 13th Gate offers chilling thrills for Halloween

It’s repeatedly ranked one of the scariest haunted houses in the country and a lot goes on behind the scenes at the 13th Gate to make sure guests leave scared.

SHOWCASING LOUISIANA: Baton Rouge man hand sews bow ties to jazz up men’s wardrobes

The bow tie is back! The old school neck wear can add a touch of southern charm to almost any suit. One man in Baton Rogue is bringing pizazz to the necks of men in the capital area.

  SHOWCASING LOUISIANA: National Hansen’s Disease Museum

For more than 100 years, Carville was the destination for leprosy patients from all over the country. The National Leprosarium closed in the 1990s and its last patients left just a few years ago, but their stories live on in the National Hansen’s Disease Museum.

  SHOWCASING LOUISIANA: Message in a bottle from Louisiana found in Missouri

It’s an idea that started in 2018 involving some paper, colored pencils, and a grandmother.

  Santa’s Baton Rouge workshop prepares for the season

  SHOWCASING LOUISIANA: Exploring one of the oldest homes in Baton Rouge, Magnolia Mound Plantation

  SHOWCASING LOUISIANA: Feliciana Hummingbird Celebration

  SHOWCASING LOUISIANA: Keeping swamp pop music alive

  SHOWCASING LOUISIANA: Gros’ Marina serving up good food, entertainment for many years

  Teens solves Rubik’s Cube in seconds, calls the challenge fun

  SHOWCASING LOUISIANA: Inside Deaf Focus and its advocacy work

A bright spot during Hurricane Barry came during an emergency briefing provided by Ascension Parish leaders. It wasn’t anything officials actually said, but it was the expressive gesturing of sign language interpreter, Ari Latino, that captured everyone’s attention.

  SHOWCASING LOUISIANA: Chauvin Sculpture Garden captivates with mystery and intrigue

A sculpture garden of over 100 life-size sculptures crafted by a humble, mysterious artist sits in the small coastal Louisiana community of Chauvin.

  SHOWCASING LOUISIANA: Mike the Tiger

Mike the Tiger, not the mascot, but the tiger himself, has almost 230,000 followers on social media and posts a picture of himself every weekday. But since he’s a tiger, he’s probably getting some help.

Where Pen & Paper Have Their Part: Mason Sibley touches hearts with art

Local published illustrator, Mason Sibley, still enjoys drawing classic Disney animated characters and superheroes. That’s because Mason is only 16 years old. His drawing “career” began at an early age.

  SHOWCASING LOUISIANA: Customers weigh in on popular capital area snoball locations

It’s not quite summer in south Louisiana until customers satisfy their sweet tooth at a snoball stand. With a different stand on almost every corner, for some, it’s just part of growing up in the area, while others say it’s one of those must-hit spots on their annual trip home to visit family.

  SHOWCASING LOUISIANA: Leroy’s Lip Smack’n Lemonade

A young man is working on his Louisiana legacy one lemon at a time.

  SHOWCASING LOUISIANA: Miss. River nearly changed course in 1973

It’s the ultimate man versus nature showdown 50 miles northwest of Baton Rouge. It’s the story of Old River, and a man who was there in 1973 when it was feared the Mississippi River might change its course.

  SHOWCASING LOUISIANA: Symphony of sawdust keeps uniquely Cajun sound in tune

A retired submarine builder repairs fiddles and keeps the Cajun sound in tune.

  SHOWCASING LOUISIANA: Student athlete making strides despite physical disability

So what makes Porter so inspirational? She’s doing it all with one leg.

  SHOWCASING LOUISIANA: Group uncovers forgotten plantation cemeteries

There’s something hidden in the sugarcane fields of West Baton Rouge Parish.

  SHOWCASING LOUISIANA: New restaurant at The Myrtles serving up ‘contemporary history’

A popular attraction in West Feliciana Parish known for its rich history and paranormal activity just got a face lift.

  SHOWCASING LOUISIANA: Fighting erosion with floating islands and plastic bottles

The floating islands project consists of conservationists, corporations, and school children work together to rebuild Louisiana's eroding marsh.

  SHOWCASING LOUISIANA: Seersucker suits have their roots in Louisiana

It was 1909 when a man by the name of Joseph Haspel Sr. invented the seersucker suit at his New Orleans factory at the corner of St. Bernard and Broad avenues.

  SHOWCASING LOUISIANA: Charter fisherman taking strangers on a different kind of fishing trip

The day started out like any other fishing trip, with hours of preparation fueled by high expectations.

  SHOWCASING LOUISIANA: Manager of Chicken Shack offers inspirational messages over the phone

His messages are almost as famous as the chicken...

  SHOWCASING LOUISIANA: Morganza to mark 50th anniversary of filming of ‘Easy Rider’

A movie that is now in the Library of Congress National Film Registry was shot, in part, in Louisiana, but for one small community, that wasn’t always a good thing.

  Young entrepreneur uses pillows to chase her dreams

Condoleezza Semien, 13, is on a journey that most teenagers her age are not.

  ASL program launches at Walker High School, hopes to answer shortage of interpreters statewide

A sign language program has launched at Walker High School this year to offer a new prospective to students interested in learning American Sign Language (ASL).

  SHOWCASING LOUISIANA: Man creates sculptures out of toothpicks

One young man is taking creativity to a different level. On any given day, after he’s worked an 8-hour shift, you can find him at home working some more.

  La. man celebrates 50th anniversary of world record flight

It may be the Mount Everest of aviation: a solo flight around the world in a single engine plane.