Thibodaux, Louisiana located in the heart of Cajun country on Bayou Lafourche is less than an hour’s drive from world famous New Orleans. Established in 1801 by Henry Schuyler Thibodaux, our City has a culture all its own; with influences of French and Spanish heritage. Thibodaux is home to a state university, a federal park, plantations, food, music and gatherings like no other.
Thibodaux boasts strong community involvement making annual events such as Mardi Gras, Thibodaux Firemen’s Fair and Thibodauxville possible.
Mardi Gras is a Louisiana cultural event that stems from the belief that celebrations of over indulgence should precede the forty-day fasting period known to Catholics as lent. Thibodaux’s carnival is a time for young and old to get out and “Laissez Les Bon Temp Roulez” Cajun Style with family oriented celebrations, parades and parties. These community gatherings are a great way for tourist and locals alike to get out and celebrate the Mardi Gras season.
The small-town charm of Thibodaux is felt when touring downtown and one of its many antique shops and strolling its safe and picturesque streets. Days of old time living are evident in shops that link the past with the present. The past is reflected too in the humble Creole cottages that line the highway and in charming large family Victorian homes in and around the town. Some of the first comments heard from visitors are about the city’s cleanliness and its citizens are proud to have received the “Louisiana’s Cleanest City” award on numerous occasions.
Courtesy of the City of Thibodaux