A wooden sign rested against a pillar in the Larose Civic Center pavilion, nestled behind a decorative shrimp boat at the entrance of the French Food Festival.
Hundreds of people were under the pavilion. Some line-danced as the onstage band played “Louisiana Saturday Night.” Others waited for the blue lights of the beer booth to flicker on, signaling a discount for cold suds. Cuts of cardboard covered wooden tables, soaking up the grease from shrimp po-boys and the splotches of gumbo that spilled from Styrofoam cups.
Passersby stooped to read the handwritten poetry on the wooden sign, titled “The Cajun Way”: