Welcome to a place with Cajun spirit and Creole soul! St. Landry is one of 64 parishes in Louisiana. It is located in the South Central part of the state, along Interstate 49, between Alexandria and Lafayette. Its central location in the Cajun Country region makes it an easy 2-hour drive from New Orleans and only a 20-minute drive from Interstate 10.
St. Landry Parish is home to several historic and cultural destinations including Arnaudville, Cankton, Eunice, Grand Coteau, Krotz Springs, Leonville, Melville, Opelousas, Palmetto, Port Barre, Sunset, and Washington. These communities celebrate their rural heritage all year-round with events and festivals that celebrate the arts, Cajun food, folk traditions, literature, zydeco music and more. Our French heritage takes a front seat at major cultural events like Semaine de la Francophonie, the Holy Ghost Creole Festival Bazaar, and the Courir de Mardi Gras & Chicken Run.
St. Landry Parish’s rich cultural diversity is a product of the Acadian, Creole, French, African, Spanish, Italian and Native American people who have called it home 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; and Grand Coteau – Sweet Dough Pie Capital.
Jam sessions are ongoing with residents and visitors bringing their instruments to local cafés, restaurants, and museums. French tables are also popular every month in Arnaudville, Eunice, and Opelousas 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.
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The St. Landry Parish Tourist Commission is the official destination marketing organization tasked with the purpose of promoting tourism in St. Landry Parish, Louisiana. You can learn more information about our role here.