The fourth largest city in the state, Lafayette is considered the heart of Cajun and Creole culture in Louisiana. Attractions for residents and visitors include multiple shopping and dining options, while quality healthcare facilities and affordable housing options make the city a great place to live. Lafayette's food scene in particular is renowned, which helped it rank as one our 10 Best Foodie Cities in the US.
The city hosts a number of community-based annual events such as the Festival International de Louisiane, the Delcambre Shrimp Festival, the Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival, the Original Southwest Louisiana Zydeco Music Festival, and, of course, Mardi Gras. All of it goes into making Lafayette "The Happiest City in America."
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