Who Is The Rougarou
If you grew up in the Louisiana area you may have heard about the Rougarou (sometimes spelled Loup Garou). The Rougarouhas been spread for many generations, either directly from French settlers to Louisiana or via the French Canadian immigrants centuries ago. In the Cajun legends, the creature prowls the swamps around Acadiana and Greater New Orleans, and the sugar cane fields and woodlands of the region. The large, werewolf-like half-man, half-beast creature preys on people who venture too far into its terrain. Sometimes grandparents would use stories about the Rougarou to persuade Cajun children to behave. The creature can only be killed by fire, according to the legend.
We were never able take a good picture of the mysterious Rougarou. If you have one please send it to us.
The Legend Lives On
The Rougarou is still around today. Audubon Zoo in New Orleans features a life-sized mannequin of what it might look like in their Louisiana Swamp Exhibit. The mascot of the Lycée Français de la Nouvelle-Orléans is, you guessed it, the Loup Garou. There is also a Rougarou Fest every year in Houma. This year it will take place on Saturday, October 26 and Sunday October 27 in Downtoan Houma. If you head out there expect live music great Cajun food and maybe even the mythical creature himself will make an appearance. For more information about the festival visit: https://rougaroufest.org/fest-schedule/