St. Landry Parish, LA

St. Landry Parish, LA

St. Landry Parish Tourist Commission | 337.948.8004 | www.cajuntravel.com

Here in the heart of Cajun Country, we host a wide range of events and activities for residents and visitors alike. Enjoy your stay in St. Landry Parish, Louisiana. This printable listing of events was generated on www.cajuntravel.com!

Port Barre

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PORT BARRE TOWN HALL
498 N Saizon St, Port Barre, LA 70577
337-585-7646 | mayorsavoy@yahoo.com   

Port Barre is the birthplace of the Bayou Teche. Settled as a French trading post in the early 1800s, Port Barre sits at the point where Bayou Courtableau flows into the historic Bayou Teche.

In October, hundreds gather for the Tour du Teche, a 133-mile staged marathon for canoes and kayaks of all sizes. The course is the length of the Bayou Teche from Port Barre to Berwick. The race snakes through St. Landry, St. Martin, Iberia and St. Mary parishes, woods, swamps and cane fields. Prior to Tour du Teche, is the Tour de la Riviere Rouge, a 275-mile race from Shreveport to Port Barre.  

Mouth-watering bread made with jalapenos, sausage, and cheese may be the town’s most famous food export. In November, crunchy pork skins take center stage at the Port Barre Cracklin Festival.

Prior to being a busy port in the steamboat days of the early 1800s, Port Barre, sits right at the point where Bayou Courtableau flows into Bayou Teche.

In 1733, prior to becoming a busy port, the semi-nomadic Opelousas Indians petitioned the French colonial government to send traders to their district. A couple of coureurs des bois, who had come to the area in search of trade opportunities, set up a trading post where the bayous meet.

In 1765, Jacques Courtableau, a wealthy landowner, gave land grants to 32 Acadian immigrants. That same year, he sold a large parcel of land including the site of the first trading post to Charles Barre. The post later became known as Barre's Landing, then Port Barre.