Before you travel to a new place for the first time, most folks usually try to get a lay of the land that they are travelling to. Part of that knowledge is getting to know a little about the locals, which, in the case of Baton Rouge, can be equal parts terrifying and exciting. There are a lot of crazy stereotypes to be found when talking about people from the great capital of Louisiana, and while we may be blinded by Cajun spices and high on ridiculously strong cocktails, there are a few that we agree with, so let’s get right to them.
The rivalry with New Orleans is real – You would think that people would band together and be proud of the fact that they are from the same state, but that is not the case with the residents of Baton Rouge and New Orleans. The people from the Big Easy will talk about their art and culture and how that makes them vastly superior, but let’s not forget that breast flashing for beads is part of that culture. Baton Rouge is the capital city of Louisiana and therefore more sophisticated by default. Plus, the LSU Tigers are way better than those Tulane fools.
It’s part time, all the time – This is true for the entire state, which is no real surprise given that Louisiana is home to great food and even better cocktails. If you want to see what a real Baton Rouge party looks like, though, get yourself invited to a tailgate party when the LSU Tigers are playing football at home. The party starts early, goes late, and is always loud and fun, win lose or draw. We’ll get into that in a little more detail in a separate post.
Baton Rouge residents are good Samaritans – If you don’t believe this to be true, simply show up to one of those tailgate parties without an invite, let them know that you are visiting, and wait to be embraced and filled with craw fish for the rest of the day. You can increase your chances of being part of the party if you dress appropriately, by which me means slapping on an ample layer of purple and gold finery. It never hurts to suck up just a little.
Craw fish boils are an everyday occurrence – This is true, up to a point. Things tend to ramp up in late February or early March, as that is when the craw fish season begins in Louisiana, running all the way through until June. If you do end up at a craw fish boil, leave your daintiness at the front door and prepare to get your hands, and possible face, dirty. This is one party where it is perfectly acceptable to suck, so get those heads bitten off and suck away.
These are just a few of the real stereotypes that make the people of Baton Rouge such a joy to be around, so get down South and join the party.