The story of Tangipahoa Parish has been illustrated in a variety of ways.  Interpretation is the key to the design of narrative.  The Tangipahoa Parish Convention and Visitors Bureau will provide you with the inspiration for your creative method in telling our story. 

Story Ideas:

Festivals galore
-  Each season presents a reason to celebrate.  

Ponchatoula Strawberry Festival
-  The state's 2nd largest free festival following Mardi Gras. 

2 festivals focusing on Italian heritage
-  Within a month's time and 10 miles of Tangipahoa Parish, visit two festivals which honor Italian culture 

Louisiana Renaissance Fest
-  Take a step back in time to a world of shivery, of lords and ladies, and the romance which depicts the 16th Century Renaissance period. 

Rolling hill to marshlands
-  Tangipahoa Parish's landscape is as diverse as its people.  Take a scenic drive through the rolling hills of the north as you wind down along the Tangipahoa River to the marshes that lead to Pass Manchac. 
- Melting pot of cultures (English, Scot-Irish, African American, Italian, French, Native American, Spanish)
  -  Louisiana is considered a "gumbo" of cultures.  Tangipahoa Parish is an excellent representation of how a variety of ethnic backgrounds create a well-rounded and proud community. 

Tangipahoa Parish African American Heritage Museum
-  View twenty three 8X5 murals depicting the history of slavery through present day America, rejoice to the sounds of a gospel choir during a dinner theater experience, or test your vocal abilities in the on-site recording studio.

Global Wildlife
-  Hands on experience at its best.  Global is home to over 4,000 exotic, endangered, or threatened animals and is largest free-roaming wildlife preserve of its kind in the country. 

LA Treasures Museum
-  A must-see for those seeking treasures recovered from the murky swamps of south Louisiana, exhibits depicting the life of yesteryear, and honoring the treasured souls of fallen officers. 

Kliebert's Alligator and Turtle Farm
-  Visit with Harvey and family to see the interworkings of a true alligator and turtle farm.

Camp Moore Confederate Museum and Cemetery
-  Camp Moore was the largest Confederate training camp in Louisiana and the only Confederate training camp still open to the public. 

-  Antiques, vintage treasures, mom and pop shops, upscale boutiques, and big box stores.  Tangipahoa Parish is a shopper's dream.

Industry in Tangipahoa Parish  
-  Located at the ‘Crossroads of the South', Tangipahoa Parish is a major distribution center and home to a growing number of International companies including:  Smitty's, Elmer's Candy Company and Kentwood Spring Water.

Crossroads of the South
-  Location is crucial to the success of most communities.  Tangipahoa Parish is located at the intersection of interstates 55 and 12 and is easily accessible by highway, rail, water, or air.

Hammond Northshore Regional Airport
- The largest General Aviation, Reliever Airport on the North Shore of Lake Pontchartrain.

Amato's Winery
-  Henry Amato is a local legend and the popular producer of Amato's Wine.  Specialties include: muscatine, peach, blueberry, and strawberry.  Tours of the winery and grounds are open by appointment.

Strawberry Town USA
-  Berry Town Produce, Berry Patch Café, Berry Town Motors, Berryland Campers...See why the town of Ponchatoula is dripping with strawberries.

From the farm to the market (Liuzza's)
-  The Liuzza family is known for produce.  They operate the largest concentration of produce farms in Tangipahoa Parish.  Learn the ways of farming from planting to distributions and all in between.

All aboard (Amtrak escapes)
-  All aboard the ‘City of New Orleans'.  Amtrak makes daily stops in Hammond in route to Chicago or New Orleans.  The Hammond depot's location in the heart of downtown only adds to the allure of this transportation alternative.

SLU fighting Lions
-  Southeastern Louisiana University, the state's 3rd largest University, is located in Hammond.  Lion pride reigns throughout the community as SLU is not only an outstanding educational establishment, but also a pillar in the region.

Fanfare ‘A Celebration to the Arts'
-  During the month of October, 50 Fanfare related events representing a wide spectrum of performing and visual arts and available to the public.  The program traditionally includes art exhibits, films, concerts, dance, workshops, master classes, theatrical productions, literary readings and lectures.

Mardi Gras
-  Mardi Gras is big business in Louisiana.  The Tangipahoa Parish celebrations include balls, parades, and revelry and are geared toward family fun.

St. Patrick's Day parade
-  The Krewe of Erin, based in Ponchatoula, have a somewhat different take on the traditional St. Patrick's Day parades.  Those in the procession push grocery carts instead of riding conventional floats.