Located in South Louisiana, the Lafourche (pronounced la-FOOSH) Parish. Lafourche Parish, southwest of New Orleans along the banks of Bayou Lafourche, is a part of Acadiana, or French Louisiana, home of the Cajun people. The Cajuns trace their ancestry to the French-speaking Acadians who migrated from Acadie (now Nova Scotia) in the mid-18th century. Bayou Lafourche, and therefore the parish, get their names from the Cajun French "La Fourche" meaning "fork" used to describe how the bayou was once a descending fork of the Mississippi River.
CAJUN ('ka:-j@n), n. A person born or living along the bayous, marshes and prairies of south Louisiana; devoted to gumbo, etouffee, fricass, sauce piquante, jambalaya, and crawfish; dedicated to the fais-do-do, Cajun French music, hard work and letting the good times roll (laissez les bons temps rouler!).
Lafourche Parish spans about 1,000 square miles of area and has an estimated population of 88,000. Major industries include seafood production, offshore oil and gas drilling and services, shipbuilding and repair, and sugar cane farming and milling. Thibodaux, the parish seat, has an estimated population of 15,000 and is home to Nicholls State University.