Rougarou Fest part of latest Bayou Women Adventure! — 27 Comments

  1. Where did the name “Rougarou” come from? What does it mean? Is there a connection with other traditions? Whatever – my gosh! People really got into it! I love the Mad Hatter, and I really liked the imitation of Munch’s “The Scream”. Pretty cool stuff – especially since candy came along with it.

    Speaking of cool – that cold front that came through is the same that I drove through in Joplin, Missouri, on Thursday. It hit me about noon, and there was a 25 degree drop in about 15 minutes – not to mention the winds. I gather that front is the same one that’s going to meet up with Hurricane Sandy and produce every sort of nastiness.

    I’m in Cottonwood Falls, Kansas, now, heading back south. This afternoon I’m going to head out to the tallgrass prairie and have a hike. It’s supposed to get up to 60 today, so it ought to be lovely.

    Thanks for sharing this absolutely extraordinary celebration. You folks sure do know how to party!

    • Ha! It comes from bayou/Cajun folklore—it’s the bayou version of the werewolf and I went back and added the explanation thanks to you (once again). I guess my brain is still tired from this weekend’s Bayou Woman Adventure–too tired to be writing a blog post. People really get in to Halloween down here, and it’s something I’ve never quite understood. My ladies came from Little Rock via Shreveport and brought the cold front with them. Enjoy your journey!

  2. I believe I first heard of the Rougarou folklore from the Cajun Justice TV show. Looks like y’all may have had fun. Too bad about the cold front. Fishing would have just been the cherry on top of the weekend.

  3. I would love to be there next year!! I love stuff like this but, the hubby is an old stick in the mud when it comes to enjoying something of the nature. He won’t even go to the Christmas parade unless one of the grandkids is in it.:(

  4. Looks like fun! The kids and I have been to several Fall Festivals but I think you had a better time. We are dealing with the results of Sandy and mourning the loss of one of the tall ships that has sunk off our coast Jessie was very upset. Hope you are all well!

      • That was the HMS Bounty – built in Nova Scotia (Canada) 1960 for the film “Mutiny On The Bounty” (Marlon Brando, 1962) and also used in “Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest”.

        14 crew rescued, body of deckhand Claudene Christian recovered (apparently she was related to Fletcher Christian o’ the original HMS Bounty), Captain Robin Walbridge still missing.

        May the Gods o’ the sea & wind give peace to their families.

        More here:

        Rescued were:

        Daniel Cleveland, 25
        John Svendsen, 41
        Matthew Sanders, 37
        Adam Prokosh, 27
        Douglas Faunt, 66
        John Jones, 29
        Drew Salapatek, 29
        Joshua Scornavacchi, 25
        Anna Sprague, 20
        Mark Warner, 33
        Christopher Barksdale, 56
        Laura Groves, 28
        Jessica Hewitt, 25
        Jessica Black, 34


        Claudene Christian, 42

        Missing are:

        Capt. Robin Walbridge, 63

    • @Steffi – I don’t think they left port because o’ the storm – they were already at sea when it started heading inland. Captain and crew would have decided to make a run for it…usually storms are far more dangerous close to shore as there are more things to run aground on (or into) and the swells more intense – out at sea they tend to roll and pitch more than drop ye on yer keel.

      Unfortunate news either way…

      • I thought I read that they were only in 18′ of water when it flipped over because of a large wave. I know it was being brought to Galveston. I pray they find the Captain so his family will have some type of closure if he isn’t still alive.,

        This storm has been a record breaker. The size, the destruction and all so late in the year also. I haven’t heard from my grandson who is in the Carolinas yet. But one of my friends in New Jersey has her electric back already.

        All of you have a wonderful, safe Halloween.

        • Interesting thing about water depth and waves. In the shallow lakes here, say five feet or so, they get very rough BECAUSE they are so shallow. In 18 feet of water, storm winds can create an 18-foot wave! The ride up ain’t so bad, but you sure hit bottom hard when you come down.

  5. We got lucky here in the middle of the state we just got lots of rain and some strong winds. The mountians got over seven inches of snow and our coast got some flooding and damage but nothing like up north. One of our ski resorts will open today, their earliest opening ever. I cant imagine being on the slopes on Halloween.

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