Our region is famous not only for our delicious gumbo, but also for what our unique cuisine symbolizes to us: the blending of a diverse population of people interacting and contributing to the creation of something greater than the sum of its parts; a wholly unique, rich, and cohesive community.
Whether it be the hands of our neighbors, or visitors from all corners of the world; we wave together for Mardi Gras beads, in applause at the performers at our many public festivals, or in unison in cheering on our beloved Saints.
There is no other region in our country that has suffered a devastation of the magnitude of hurricane Katrina. For us it was simply “The Storm” or “The Hurricane.” No name was necessary because we were all in it together. We have come back stronger than ever because hands reached out to neighbors’ hands, one to the other, over and over again. We wept, but like our summer heat, we rose, knowing our shared experience bonded us as the human family we are and which few communities come to be.