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St. Landry Parish

Map of St. Landry ParishCreated in 1807, St. Landry Parish, which has a population of nearly 88,000, produces a variety of crops, including rice, cotton, yams (sweet potatoes), corn, soybeans and sugarcane.  Until recent times, St. Landry Parish was considered a microcosm of Louisiana because of the ethnic and religious composition of its population.

In the northern portion of the 937 square mile parish, the majority of the population is Protestant and white, while the southern region is composed primarily of Cajuns, Creoles, and African-American Catholics.  The parish was named in honor of Saint Landry, a Catholic priest who founded the Hotel Dieu in Paris in the sixth century.

Opelousas, the parish seat, is home to the Yambilee Festival.  Other important St. Landry towns include Port Barre, Sunset, and Eunice, the parish's largest city.DOTD Tourism Map of St. Landry Parish  Washington and Grand Coteau are both well-preserved nineteenth century towns and offer the visitor a wide variety of historic attractions that include a 300 year old Jim Bowie Oak tree and several museums.

As the birthplace of zydeco music, St. Landry Parish has been the home of many famous zydeco musicians like a Grammy Award winner named Clifton Chenier.  The Southwest Louisiana Zydeco Music Festival, held at Plaisance, is a local expression of a musical style that has spread throughout the globe.  The Liberty Theatre in Eunice hosts a weekly Rendezvous des Cajuns radio show in which local artists play traditional French music for the audience.  (A portion of the seating area has been modified into a small dancefloor.)  Because of its great diversity, St. Landry Parish is one of the most distinctive of all the Acadian parishes.

by Elista Istre

 

Principle Towns

Eunice

Grand Coteau

Opelousas

Port Barre

Sunset

Washington

St. Landry Parish Tourism Commission

Events and Festivals

Mardi Gras

Yambilee Festival (Opelousas)

Cracklin Festival (Port Barre)

Catfish Festival (Washington)

Southwest Louisiana Zydeco Music Festival (Plaisance)

Historic Sites, Plantations & Museums

Eunice Depot Museum

Cajun Music Hall of Fame & Museum (Eunice)

Jean Lafitte National Park & Preserve - Prairie Acadian Cultural Center (Eunice)

Opelousas Museum and Interpretive Center

Creole Heritage Folklife Center (Opelousas)

Jim Bowie Exhibit (Opelousas)

Chretien Point (Sunset)

Steamboat Warehouse (Washington)

National Register of Historic Places

Wildlife Preserves

Indian Bayou Wildlife Management Area

Thistlethwaite Wildlife Management Area

The Acadiana Conservation Corridor Wildlife Management Area

Lagniappe

Cajun Prairie Habitat

St. Landry Parish Courthouses

Atchafalaya National Heritage Area

NUNU Arts & Culture Collective (Arnaudville)

Bayou Teche Brewing (Arnaudville)

Bayou Teche - National Water Trail

Opelousas-Eunice Public Library

Academy of the Sacred Heart

Atchafalaya Basin Program

Friends of the Atchafalaya

LSU AgCenter