Louisianans Reminisce on Cajun Christmas Tale

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Only in Louisiana indeed!

Originally posted on The Daily South:

Alligators replacing reindeer? Only in Louisiana, where Cajun Night Before Christmas author James Rice created a muskrat-wearing St. Nick whose gators fly with different names (“Ha, Gaston! Ha, Tiboy! Ha, Pierre an’ Alceé…”). We asked five Bayou State tastemakers to share their favorite lines and memories from the swamp-based story, including beloved artist George Rodrigue who passed away last weekend.

John Besh
Profession: New Orleans-based chef; restaurants include August, Lüke, Borgne, and American Sector

“When I was young, I was captivated by the sketches of the Louisiana I knew, with bayous, skiffs, and even alligators.”

Courtesy of WYES/Besh Restaurant Group

Courtesy of WYES/Besh Restaurant Group

Irvin Mayfield
Profession: Trumpeter and bandleader at Irvin Mayfield’s Jazz Playhouse and founder of the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra

“It’s a classic tale spun in a Southern way. And who doesn’t love the idea of 8 alligators instead of reindeer(?)”

Courtesy of Greg Miles/New Orleans Jazz Orchestra

Courtesy of Greg Miles/New Orleans Jazz Orchestra

Donald Link

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