Traveling the Cajun Coast? There’s an app for that.

The Cajun Coast Visitors & Convention Bureau has developed a travel guide app for St. Mary Parish. Tourism officials hope it gets visitors to slow down when driving throughout the parish. Categories on the app include accommodations, to eat, events, social, shopping, lagniappe, other, nearby and to do.

Under the to do category, visitors can click on attractions and tours , including the Bayou Teche Scenic Byway, Franklin Driving/Walking Tour, Morgan City Historic District Tour, Birdwatching Tour, Movie Tour, Civil War Tour, Cultural Tour, Historic Traveler Tour, Family Fun and Recreation.

The lagniappe tab highlights things like signficant people; the sugar industry; the oil and gas industry, the floods of 1927, 1973 and 2011; Hurricane Andrew; Louisiana Black Bears; bald eagles and the Atchfalaya Swamp Basin.

The social tab connects visitors to social media outlets including Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram.

The other tab includes packages and allows visitors to select their favorites on the Cajun Coast.

The app can be downloaded for free from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store .

Holidays in Iberia

The Iberia Parish Convention and Visitors Bureau, along with the Greater Iberia Chamber of Commerce, the New Iberia Downtown Business Association, Inc., New Iberia Main Street Program and Jeanerette Chamber of Commerce, have launched Shop Berry Blue, a component of Blue Magic on Main.

A listing of Iberia merchants’ holiday deals is available at The offers include Shop Small deals (Nov. 29).

The visitors bureau will also post daily promotions on social media (#ShopBerryBlue and #ShopBerrySmall).

“Blue Magic on Main” is the theme throughout the parish for the holiday season and into the new year in anticipation of the “Blue Dog Comes Home” exhibit at the Bayou Teche Museum Jan. 15-April 11. New Iberia’s Christmas Parade will also take on the title this year and the Greater Iberia Chamber of Commerce will host a Very Berry Christmas Scavenger Hunt.

For more information on Iberia Parish’s holiday events and shopping, visit, and

A night in the park

Visitors can meet the interpretive ranger at at Fairview-Riverside State Park near Madisonville at 4:45 p.m. Saturday for Night Vision, a Journey into the Dark.

The program will explore visitors’ own night vision, weather permitting, allowing participants to become more familiar with the dark. Learn how the eyes operate, how one perceives colors, shapes and movement, and how this relates to animal night vision and their adaptations for survival after dark.

The program is designed for ages 8 through adult. Participants are encouraged to dress for the temperature and bring mosquito spray, but leave flashlights at home.

The program is free with park admission of $2 per person ages 4-61, ages 3 and under or 62 and older are admitted free.

Fairview-Riverside State Park is located one mile east of Madisonville on La. 22 in St. Tammany Parish. The site includes camping, a day-use picnic area on the banks of the Tchefuncte River, and Otis House Museum. For more information call (985) 792-4652 or (888) 677-3247.

Casino hosts cook-off, more

The 8th annual Cruisin’ Southern Style Classic Car Show, hosted by Southern Style Cruisers, will take place Saturday at Paragon Casino Resort in Marksville in conjunction with the annual Tunica-Biloxi Indian Political Action Committee BBQ Throwdown at the RV lodge. Also, in the resort’s Mari Showroom, will be the 9th annual Marksville Chamber of Commerce Christmas Extravaganza shopping event.

The car show is free and open to the public 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Participants can register their vehicles noon-5 p.m. Friday for $30 or 8 am.-11 a.m. Saturday for $35. There will also be a swap meet for car parts. For $100, vendors can secure a location on the campgrounds. All proceeds from the car show will benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. For more information on the show, call Mike Leduc at (318) 346-6367.

The annual TBIPAC BBQ Throwdown features the best barbecue from around central Louisiana. Contestants compete in three categories: pork spare ribs, brisket and chicken for a $175 entry fee. Lagniappe categories with a $25 entry fee include: margaritas, sauce, soup/gumbo, dessert and kids que. Winners receive cash prizes. Spectators can buy barbecue plates 11 a.m.- 1 p.m. for $7. There will also be crafts and food . For more information, call Amy Sampson at (318) 240-6414.

The Christmas Extravaganza will offer holiday shopping from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Mari Showroom. Admission is $2. About 80 vendors will offer a variety of merchandise, including home-baked goods, candles, purses, jewelry, LSU/Saints items, arts and crafts, and holiday decor. Shoppers will have a chance to win giveaways every 30 minutes. For more information, call the Marksville Chamber of Commerce at (318) 253-0284 or (318) 253-4226.

Kidd crew honored

The USS Kidd Veterans Museum volunteers earned international level awards at the recent Historic Naval Ships Association awards banquet at Norfolk Waterside Marriot in Norfolk, Virginia.

USS Kidd volunteers Garrett C. Lynch, of Baton Rouge, and George Seal, of Conyers, Georgia, were honored for their dedication and countless hours of service towards the preservation of the Kidd, a National Historic Site, located in downtown Baton Rouge.

Chief Boatswain’s Mate Lynch (USNR, retired) is a World War II veteran who began volunteering aboard Kidd in 1984 shortly after she opened.

Torpedoman’s Mate 2nd Class Seal is a native of Stroud, Oklahoma, and a Vietnam veteran who has been volunteering at the Kidd since 2005.

Louisiana Travels is a column about travel destinations and events in Louisiana. Email items for Louisiana Travels to or or mail to Judy Bergeron, The Advocate, 7290 Bluebonnet Blvd., Baton Rouge, LA 70810