It’s not a far drive from our house.¬† About 45 minutes, all interstate, except for the last 15 minutes.¬† When you get there, you wouldn’t know you were in the right place, if it wouldn’t be for the big billboard sign.¬† The parking attendants direct you to drive around on a dirt road through the trees.¬† There are pine trees and other trees all around.¬† You park in a big field, this time freshly mowed, and then walk a good distance to a path that leads down into a “valley” in the trees.¬† It’s not until you get up to the pay gates that you notice the big “castle” wall that guards the entrance to the Village of Allbright, at the Louisiana Renaissance Festival.
It was a beautiful day to go.¬† All sunny and no clouds.¬† The temperatures did not get up past 70, so it really wasn’t too hot.¬† And I enjoyed the 3 hours of walking around the lake and in the wooded area.¬† A good day to enjoy nature.¬† There were many beautiful costumes to admire, and lots of nature to see.¬† And of course, plenty of dragons!¬† We saw dragon statues, dragon figurines, dragon tattoos, dragon puppets, and the ferry is even named Dragon’s Breath.¬† Oh, and quite of bit of fae decor as well.
My hubby bought me a golden dragon puppet this year at Lady Fayre’s shop.¬† The shopkeeper was very sweet, and carefully wrapped my prize gold dragon for me, promising me that the wires on the puppet would not be tangled when we got home — and it wasn’t!¬† Here’s a pic of it hanging in the corner of my living room:
All of the shopkeepers and festival participants were very friendly and helpful, though be warned that because they are depicting the renaissance era, there can be some rather bawdy comments thrown around.¬† We watched a glass blower (Haller Glass) working on a dragon -style earwrap.¬†¬† There were also plenty of jewelry shops and knife shops.¬† The food was good, too — funnel cakes, hamburgers, hot dogs, homemade potato chips, giant turkey legs, some mediterranean style food.
They have plenty of shows to keep you there all day.¬† We had seen the jousting last year, so we watched the falconry show this year.¬† It was educational about the birds of prey and the art of falconry, as well as entertaining to see those beautiful birds fly.¬† But there are also mini shows going on around the festival.¬† We saw the procession of the Queen and Her majesty’s party.¬† A beautiful black horse pulled her around on a carriage.
I regret not bringing my own camera, which has telephoto capabilities, but it’s rather bulky.¬† So I settled for my daughter’s small camera, which does not have telephoto campabilities and is not as good at capturing detail.¬† But below is a slideshow of some of the things we saw while at the festival.¬† I would have included pics from our visits from previous years, but I think they were lost when my pc crashed last Thanksgiving.