Azaleas, those blooming harbingers of spring, have arrived throughout south Louisiana.

Reds, pinks, whites, purples and salmons — they're just in time for Lafayette's Azalea Trail running Wednesday through April 28.

Plan a road trip to Acadiana country where a driving/walking tour runs about 20 miles along city streets. Visitors can see historical sites and beautiful homes along the route, according to Lafayette Travel.

The trail commences at Lafayette Travel's Visitor Center, 1400 NW Evangeline Thruway, and winds through the city.

March 18 has been designated as “Lafayette’s Historic Azalea Trail Day.”

For more info, including the Azalea Trail map, go to 

New Big Easy tour

Gray Line New Orleans will begin a new tour, the City Express, on Wednesday.

The motor coach tour will head out at 3 p.m. daily and last 60-75 minutes.

Gray Line says visitors requested a shorter tour later in the day, so it has replaced the 3 p.m. Super City Tour with the City Express.

On the fully narrated tour, guests will see the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, Xavier University, the St. Charles Avenue Streetcar, homes of former kings and queens of Mardi Gras, mansions in the Garden District, Tulane and Loyola universities, Audubon Park, and finally the Warehouse/Arts District and the National WWII Museum.

For more info about the City Express Tour or Gray Line New Orleans, visit or call (504) 569-1401.

Music at the museum

The Bayou Teche Museum in New Iberia has revamped its music exhibit.

The display now includes Bunk Johnson's trumpet on loan from the Bunk Johnson Festival Board, Grammy-nominated musician Corey Ledet's accordion, and the trombone played by Coonsoon Girouard of the Louisiana Six.

Still in the exhibit are the saxophone and flute played by Wilbert Hebert of the Louisiana Six, as well as several rare albums and sheet music.

The museum, at 131 E. Main St., is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, and by appointment. 

For more information, call (337) 606-5977, email or visit

Make your own lures

The site ranger at Fairview-Riverside State Park near Madisonville will demonstrate how to make hand-carved, freshwater fishing lures at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 11.

The ranger will cover all steps beginning with a cypress blank to the finished product. 

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

The 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.

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