Árpádhon Named Largest Hungarian Settlement, Albany, LA
“(Above) B&W photo, 1950. Hungarians in Albany, Louisiana. Written on photo: Couples dance Hungarian ‘Czardas’ Louisiana-style. Dancers garbed in Hungarian folk costume perform the ‘Old Country’s’ traditional czardas and other Magyar dances at the Hungarian Harvest Festival at the town of Albany, Louisiana, largest rural Hungarian settlement in the United States.
The czardas begins with slow, deliberate movements and ends in a fast, exciting whirl of skilled dancers. The Harvest Festival, which in Hungary marks the end of the grape season, honors the preceding strawberry season, for here in Southeast Louisiana is the nation’s leading strawberry-producing region.
(Below) B&W photo, 1950. Hungarians in Albany, Louisiana. Rev. Alexander Bartus and friend inspect strawberries near Albany.”
Core to the Hungarian Settlement in Albany, Louisiana was strawberries. Farmers for generations, the Hungarians found that the strawberry plant took well to the soil and mild climate of the area.
I was just looking at some of the past history my grandmother Wes from hungry she was a varga they came from Budapest I think I’m not sure I have no elders left living in my family if you no more send it to me by email my name is Albert Sanders I live in Hammond Louisiana