Rougarou Fest wins Louisiana Festival of the Year

The Louisiana Travel Association (LTA) awarded Rougarou Fest the 2020 Louey Award for Festival/Event of the Year in Louisiana yesterday afternoon.

“It’s always nice to get those accolades and people outside to recognize and appreciate the work that our team of volunteers does each year,” said Jonathan Foret, executive director for the South Louisiana Wetlands Discovery Center, which receives the proceeds from the festival.

The nonprofit LTA is a private sector trade association representing Louisiana’s travel and hospitality industry. 

Louisiana Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser helped present the Louey awards at yesterday’s ceremony at Cypress Bayou Casino in Charenton. 

The festival was nominated by the Houma Travel and Visitors Bureau.

This is not the first accolade for the Downtown Houma event. USA Today placed Rougarou Fest in the Top 10 Best Costume Parties in the United States, and the Southeast Tourism Society selected it as a Top 20 Event (out of eleven states) during the month of October. The festival was also awarded Best New Event in Louisiana by the Louisiana Association of Fairs and Festivals in 2015. 

“The awards are for our volunteers,” Foret said. “Without them, none of what we do is possible.”