Date: November 5, 2020 Contact: Susan Dolney Phone: 605-886-3698 Fax: 605-886-1943 Sharing the Spirit of the Holidays Opelousas, LA--- The Evangeline Downs Hotel is offering a free night’s stay on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day to travelers visiting family members having to spend the holiday in local nursing homes, hospitals, and treatment centers. “Home with family for the holidays is not always possible. We hope we can help by providing accommodations to those visiting loved ones in the Opelousas area’s hospitals and nursing homes with our spirit [...]
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This Central Louisiana Regional Playlist is a collaborative effort of Acadia, Evangeline, and St. Landry Parishes. Contributors include Chris Soileau and Floyd Soileau with Flat Town Music Co., Mark Layne with KVPI, and Sharon Fontenot with the Swamp Pop Museum, Elizabeth West with Evangeline Parish Tourism, Herman Fuselier with St. Landry Parish Tourism, and Amy Mathiew with Acadia Parish Tourism. Every Wednesday, a new song is chosen with care to represent an aspect of local culture. Their genres will range from swamp pop to zydeco to Cajun. By the [...]
Continuing from our previous post that you can find here, we've listed even more ways to enjoy the outdoors in St. Landry Parish. Hunting If you want a more active way to appreciate the outdoors, St. Landry Parish’s WMAs also provide ample hunting opportunities. The culture of this area, to hunt and catch your own food using every piece of the animal is a practice that has persisted from Native American tribes, including the Opelousas and Attakapas, to the frontier cowboys in the 1700s, [...]
Accordions are a signature instrument in the traditional music of our parish. Click the button below to learn more.
With two towns turning 300 in 2020, it is inevitable that our parish would collect a few ghosts along the way. Click the button below to learn more.
Hannah Gumbo strikes again with her newest public art project. Stay up to date on her progress celebrating a family's history on this vintage barn along the famous Faiquetaique route in Eunice. Click the button below to learn more.
Singer Rod Bernard, who died Sunday, stirred pride and controversy in 1958. The then-teenager from Opelousas was the talk of St. Landry Parish and beyond when he performed his Billboard Top 20 pop hit, “This Should Go on Forever,” on “American Bandstand.” Still a baby like the rock ‘n’ roll music it featured, “Bandstand” grew into an American television institution. Bernard’s history-making moment also showed how times were much different. Legendary “Bandstand” host Dick Clark received a viewer complaint objecting to “sinner” in Bernard’s ballad. Bernard sang, ‘If it’s [...]
Read about renowned music entertainer and broadcaster, Rod Bernard, listen to his groundbreaking album recorded with Clifton Chenier, and watch a historical documentary about his life made in 1986. Click the button below to learn more.
St. Landry Parish is the largest parish in Louisiana by land mass. Among these sprawling lands we are blessed to have several diverse ecosystems and wildlife, including coastal prairies