Top 5 Famous People from Acadia Parish
We continue on with our Famous People From Acadiana series. This week we head down I-10 to highlight the folks who were born in Acadia Parish and went on to do some famous and sometimes infamous things.
In case it’s been a while since you’ve taken Louisiana geography, the parish includes towns such as Crowley, Rayne, Church Point, Iota, and Estherwood, to name a few. Parts of Duson and Eunice also make up the heavy agricultural area. Roughly 60,000 people currently call this parish home.
As suggested by many of you and through minutes of internet research, here it is, the Top 5 Famous People from Acadia Parish.
He may have stayed at home, but there is no doubt that Wayne Toups is one of the most famous people to hail from Acadia Parish. Born to a rice farming family in Crowley, Wayne picked up an accordion at age 13 and it was no looking back. He recorded his first album in the early 1970s and by the early 80s he began gaining popularity at festivals and honky tonks throughout south Louisiana.
Toups is responsible for infusing cajun, country, zydeco, rock and R&B into a fusion that he coined Zydecajun. There have been many performers that have been influenced by Wayne’s infectious flair on stage and on his recordings.
You can also hear Wayne’s unique accordion sound on many Nashville recordings including the Mark Chesnutt hits “It Sure Is Monday” and “Gonna Get a Life”, Clay Walker’s “Live, Laugh, Love” and Alan Jackson’s “Little Bitty”.
Technically, Tommy was born in New Orleans. But since he is synonymous with Crowley and having lived there much of his life, he qualifies for the list. Tommy graduated from Notre Dame High School then went on to LSU where he became the only 3-time All-American in school history. His #37 jersey is retired by the university. He went on to play 6 season with the Cincinnati Bengals while making 3 Pro Bowls. He dabbled in politics and now is back home in Crowley working as an ophthalmologist. Casanova is married to Jeanne Basara, and they have two children, Lauren and Dominic.