Spectators line the streets, waiting for the Krewe of Bonaparte Parade to begin in Lafayette. The girls are wearing tutus and two kids are whispering excitedly about petting the police horses. The crowds watching Mardi Gras parades in Louisiana are easily as entertaining as the parades themselves!
There are parades for weeks leading up to Mardi Gras in Louisiana. This was the Friday Night Parade on February 5th, 2016. People are waving for beads along Vermillion Street.
The Krewe of Bonaparte Parade in Lafayette, Louisiana took place on February 6th, 2016. I experimented with long exposures at some of the parades this year. The bright colors really capture the excitement and spectacle of attending a cajun parade.
Talented kids perform at the Breaux Bridge, Louisiana Krewe de St. Martin/Krewe de Chien Parade. This would look lovely as a silver halide print.
A princess throws beads from her throne during one of Louisiana's biggest Mardi Gras Parades. Some of the float performers start to look pretty tired toward the end of the parade!
There was a hilarious group of performers during the Lafayette Mardi Gras parade. They did a free-form art song involving playing pots and pans and yelling "donut" through bullhorns. It made no sense whatsoever, which was probably the point.
A symmetrical photo of a hiking trail in Acadiana Park and Nature Station in Lafayette. The nature station is a must see, they say a huge owl sits above the main trail leading up to the building!
Brick architecture and antique signage in New Orleans, Louisiana. This is one of America's oldest and most European cities.
There's an inlaid vampire skull in the floor of the voodoo shop on the main strip of New Orleans, Louisiana.
A boy in a cafe in New Orleans, Louisiana. He was posing in his new shades.
A fading sunset lights an alleyway in New Orleans, Louisiana. I love the European style architecture of NOLA.
A variety of activities are always going on in the Crescent City of New Orleans, Louisiana.
The Holy Rosary Institute of Lafayette, Louisiana was started in the late 1800s as an industrial school for African American girls. The now closed building is still lovely and has a historical marker in front.
The Krewe of Carnivale en Rio Parade in Lafayette, Louisiana on January 30, 2016. You can expect to go home with a pharaoh's ransom in beads if you come to Louisiana near Mardi Gras.
The Krewe of Carnivale en Rio Parade in Lafayette, Louisiana on January 30, 2016. The Rio folks put on an intense show, with lighted bikes and dancers, floats, costumes, and party favors like you wouldn't believe.
A beautiful grandfather clock in Baton Rouge, Louisiana's old statehouse building. You can tour the old statehouse for free, and the stained glass ceiling is well worth the trip.
The view from the historical bridge built by Evangeline Breaux, in Breaux Bridge, Louisiana.
Trains and buses arrive in the center of the revitalized downtown district of Lafayette, Louisiana.
The Bayou Teche flows behind an overgrown wooden canoe in Breaux Bridge, Louisiana.
This is a beautiful stone sculpture along the Bayou Teche in Breaux Bridge. It is a map and also depicts the native american story of the origin of the Teche, said to be created when a snake slithered toward the ocean.
Photography Around Louisiana

Photographs around Louisiana including festivals, cultural events, landscapes, and architecture. Louisiana has a wonderful creole culture influenced by the Carribean, France, Spain, Africa, and American Indians.

Stefania McKinnon
Artist/Website Designer New Orleans, LA