Maybe you were dancing along the streets during a Second Line and noticed a group of men riding their horses up and down the neutral ground ( the "median-" You know, that little strip of land in the middle of a road.) and thought what horses have to do with the Second Line. Tourist aren’t the only ones with these questions. There are plenty of New Orleanians who do not know the full story of how these young men can saddle up and ride through our neighborhoods as if they were in the Wild Wild West.
The name “Gumbo” derives from a West African word for okra, suggesting that gumbo was originally made with okra. The use of filé (dried and ground sassafras leaves) was a contribution of the Choctaws and, possibly, other local tribes. Roux has its origin in French cuisine. Gumbo is closely associated with a melting pot of Louisiana cooking, but New Orleans is known for having the best authentic gumbo in the country. Gumbo has a rich history and is often called the greatest contribution of Louisiana kitchens to American cuisine. This dish has its origins in Louisiana in 1803, gumbo was served at a gubernatorial reception in New Orleans, and in…