Welcome to St. Landry Parish where our traditions continue! From the Saturday Night Live Radio Show at the Liberty Theater in Eunice, hosting the best in Cajun and Zydeco music, to the Atchafalaya Gateway towns of Krotz Springs and Melville, St. Landry Parish captures the spirit of the people of Acadiana. And the St. Landry Parish Tourist Commission is proud to be able to share that spirit with you!
St. Landry Parish offers several historic districts that have been preserved and revitalized. Washington, Acadiana’s Antique Capitol, was once the largest steamboat port between New Orleans and St. Louis and has retained much of its 19th century architecture and character and is an antique shopper’s dream. Grand Coteau, graced with its majestic oaks, features more than 70 historic structures with many unique cottage industries springing up, as well as two of the nation’s oldest religious institutions. Nearby, in Arnaudville, you’ll find one of Louisiana’s designated Cultural Districts where the original work of our many talented artists can be admired and purchased.
Opelousas, the parish seat, has been proclaimed the Zydeco Capital of the World and offers music events throughout the year including its Music & Market Series and the annual Spice & Music Festival in June. Not only does Opelousas have great musical talent, but just wait until you taste its cooking! Being the home of chefs Paul Prudhomme and Tony Chachere, what else would you expect?
St. Landry Parish celebrates its history and culture with many weekend festivals throughout the parish. We invite you to dance to our indigenous Cajun and Zydeco music, taste the cuisine that’s made our cooking loved the world over and meet people to whom hospitality is as natural as getting up in the morning!
We have beautiful bed and breakfast accommodations as well as several new hotels/motels and campgrounds for your stay. By January 2011, we will be in our new St. Landry Parish Visitor Information Center, conveniently located on Interstate 49 at Exit 23. Be sure to stop in and see what will be a new attraction for the parish and a great place to learn about all of the things to do and see in the area.
After you’ve paid us a visit, you may just want to call St. Landry Parish home. As one of Louisiana’s certified retirement communities, we invite you to “embrace life” with us and retire in St. Landry Parish!
Celeste D. Gomez, Director
St. Landry Parish Tourist Commission