Downtown Houma is set to host the second annual Rougarou Fest on Saturday, October 26, 2013 from 10a.m. to 10p.m. The Rougarou Fest is a family-friendly festival with a spooky flair that celebrates the rich folklore that exists along the bayous of Southeast Louisiana. It is also the primary fundraiser supporting the South Louisiana Wetlands Discovery Center, a nonprofit organization that is revolutionizing how we think, teach and learn about Louisiana’s disappearing coast.
The word “rougarou” represents an alternate pronunciation and spelling of the original French “loup-garou.” Both words are used interchangeably in the bayous of southern Louisiana. The rougarou is most often described as a creature with the head of a wolf or dog, and a human body, similar to the werewolf legend. The rougarou legend has been handed down for many generations, either directly from French settlers to Louisiana or from the French Canadian immigrants centuries ago.