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Oral Histories

The SFA oral history program documents life stories from the American South. Collecting these stories, we honor the people whose labor defines the region.

ORAL HISTORY

Jeff Landry


Boudin For Peace

Growing up in Lafayette, Jeff Landry didn’t imagine that boudin—such a common food—would one day become the focal point of his favorite day of the year. In 2000, because he knew the right people and which strings to pull, Jeff became a rookie member of Boudin For Peace, an all-male, semi-secret organization that celebrates Acadiana’s boudin culture during an annual day-long boudin bus tour. While Jeff couldn’t divulge the club’s innermost secrets, he did reveal that the group has rules: no women, no cameras, no fighting. And also a five-point boudin grading system: meat-to-rice ratio, presentation, spice level, liver content, and girth. Once the votes are tallied, the group awards the winning boudin shop with a best-of plaque. Mostly, though, the day (always held the Saturday before Mardi Gras) is more about camaraderie and boudin appreciation than it is a contest. On the bus, Jeff says, the Boudin for Peacers gear up for the day by chanting boudin, boudin. Of course the coolers of beer also help.

Date of interview:
2008-06-15 00:00

Interviewer:
Sara Roahen

Photographer:
Sara Roahen

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