Louisiana December 22, 2017
Most People Don’t Know The Bizarre Nicknames Of These 9 Louisiana Towns
Sure, we all know New Orleans is called the Big Easy, but did you know that there are several small cities and towns in Louisiana that have unique nicknames? Listed below are some of the lesser known nicknames of our favorite Louisiana towns and a little backstory of how they earned their nicknames.
1. Breaux Bridge: Crawfish Capital of the World
Breaux Bridge and crawfish have a long history together. Restaurants in Breaux Bridge were the first to offer crawfish on their menus, which eventually lead to the invention of one of the best Cajun dishes ever made—crawfish etouffee. Louisiana legislature officially designated Breaux Bridge as the Crawfish Capital of the World in 1959.
2. Des Allemands: Catfish Capital of the World
Des Allemands got its nickname due to its location along the Bayou Des Allemands. Visitors from all over flock to Des Allemands every June to enjoy the Louisiana Catfish Festival.
3. Dubach: Dogtrot Capital of the World
This tiny little town earned itself this nickname due to the numerous dogtrot style houses in the area.
4. Gonzales: Jambalaya Capital of the World
Famous for its annual Jambalaya Festival, which has been an annual celebration since 1968.
5. Gueydan: Duck Capital of the World
Duck hunters will quickly recognize this one. Known for its annual Duck Festival, Gueydan has become internationally known for hunting water foul.
6. Lecompte: Pie Capital of Louisiana
We can thank Lea’s Lunchroom for putting Lecompte on the map as the Pie Capital of Louisiana. Fun fact: The town was named after a race horse named LeComte that was owned by the Wells family, who lived on a plantation nearby. When the railroad painted a sign on the side of the train depot years ago, it was misspelled and stayed that way ever since.
7. Ponchatoula: Strawberry Capital of the World
If you’ve never eaten a Ponchatoula strawberry than you’re not living your best life.
8. Rayne: Frog Capital of the World
While Rayne doesn’t export them anymore, they used to be a major exporter of frogs and frog legs to New Orleans for chefs to put them on their menu. If you visit Rayne, you’ll find they’re very proud of their frog heritage and you’ll find several frog statues and murals all over town.
9. Crowley: Rice Capital of America
At one time, Crowley was a major center for rice harvesting and milling. Today, Crowley still has a number of rice mills, and their main street is filled with charming shops and restaurants.
How many did you know? Let us know in the comments below!