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Forbes Travel Guide editors suggest shipping a taste of Louisiana home. Stop by Tony’s Seafood Market & Deli, the largest seafood market in the state, and have them ship their finest goods to your front door. Ask them about the fresh crawfish, crabs, shrimp, and packaged seasonings for gumbo and jambalaya.
Any visitor to Baton Rouge can see that Louisiana State University plays a major role in the city’s daily life. Shops all over town sell souvenirs featuring the school’s purple and gold colors as well as images of the tiger mascot. One of the best spots for LSU gear is the LSU SportShop, located on campus near the ornate temple that is home to Mike the Tiger, a live Bengal.
While it’s not nearly as famous as New Orleans’ annual party, Baton Rouge has its own Mardi Gras. If you can’t make it to town for the party you can pick up masks, beads and other trinkets at Parties Start Here, a huge Mardi Gras emporium.