For years, it has given America its’ music, its’ culture, and its’ food. And now is the time that America gives the Gulf Coast her undivided attention. The Louisiana coastal parishes are home to a rich and culturally diverse group of people that not only depend on the Gulf for their livelihood, but for their very way of life. And although that unique way of life has been threatened by the BP oil spill, hurricanes and coastal erosion, for the people who call this area home, there is a lot more living to do—and to share! From cooks to captains, from bands to bayous, and from anglers to angels; Louisiana’s coastal parishes have a story to tell and thousands of reason for visitors to come and stay awhile.