Louisiana Renaissance Festival
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|Louisiana Renaissance Festival|
An actress (Kimberly Stockton), playing Queen Elizabeth I, knights a young visitor
|Dates||November - December|
The Louisiana Renaissance Festival (abbreviated LARF) is a renaissance fair near Hammond, Louisiana. The festival takes place on a location that emulates a historical 16th century village (Albright) in England during the 1565 fall harvest festival. Cast members are dressed as people would have been dressed during the 1560s
The local cast at LARF is composed of enthusiasts from all over southeast Louisiana. The cast members regularly interact with the patrons of the faire and have been known to try to marry them, dance with them, bring patrons into random shows, and other mischief.
LARF features seven stages with interactive entertainment all day. There are over 100 merchants offering hand crafted wares. The festival includes lots of food, drink, treats and spirits—both modern and historical. There is also a large "living village" reenactment with live cast members ready to show visitors a glimpse of preindustrial life.
While still small in comparison to other older renaissance festivals, including the neighboring giant Texas Renaissance Festival who's open season partly overlaps LARF. LARF enjoys a reputation of hospitality that has built a strong base of loyal visitors from all over the country.
LARF was opened in 1999 to become Louisiana's first public annual renaissance festival. It is only open from the first weekend in November and runs for the following six weeks, including the Friday after Thanksgiving. LARF is also last renaissance festival of the year long season and closes the season with a closing gate jam and firework display over the lake.
LARF is a sponsor of the Renaissance Living History Center.
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