St. Landry Parish Tourist Commission
In St. Landry Parish, accordions are cool, boudin is hot and history is not just in textbooks. Our events and festivals celebrate art, Cajun music, catfish, cracklins, etouffee, herbs, spices, yams, and zydeco. Annually, we numerous three cook-offs, more than a dozen festivals and cultural celebrations, six yard sales, numerous live music shows and trail rides. Our French heritage takes a front seat at major cultural events like La Semaine Francaise and Cajun Country Courir de Mardi Gras.
St. Landry Parish’s rich culture and history come from the diverse people who have called it home. Acadian, Creole, French, African, Spanish, Italian and Native American people have mixed and matched here for almost three centuries. History not only lives in museums and antique markets, but plantations, schools and churches that have stood for centuries. Those influences give St. Landry Parish music, food and culture that few can match. Our legislature recognizes the power of these attributes and has accordingly designated four capitals: Eunice – Prairie Cajun Capital; Opelousas – Zydeco Music Capital; Sunset – Rubboard Capital; Grand Coteau – Sweet Dough Pie Capital.
Jam sessions are ongoing with residents and visitors bringing their instruments to Eunice and Arnaudville. French tables are also popular every month in Arnaudville, Opelousas, and Eunice with a cross section of people attending to learn how to speak, read and write the language. Taking advantage of the culture builds up an appetite for Cajun and Creole cuisine found in restaurants, grocery stores, diners, truck stops and gas stations.
St. Landry, a 939-square mile parish in south-central Louisiana, is also known for its natural beauty and wildlife. Hiking, fishing, hunting, birding, camping, biking, paddling and other outdoor opportunities are possible in two wildlife management areas that cover thousands of acres of both forests and swamp land.
Along with its colorful surroundings and history, the parish is also recognized as a Certified Louisiana Retirement Community. Our warm and welcoming people are ready to make new residents feel right at home and may greet you with a friendly “Comment ca va?” or How are you? You can respond “toujours bon” because life is always good in St. Landry Parish!