Welcome to St. Landry Parish, where accordions are cool, boudin is hot and history is not just in textbooks. Our festivals celebrate art, Cajun music, catfish, cracklins, etouffee and zydeco.
One of the most widely recognized events is Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday). The traditional rural Mardi Gras celebration is based on early begging rituals. Specialized costumed riders donned in masks and hats, also known as capuchons, ride horseback from house to house soliciting “donations” of food items to culminate in a community wide gumbo. This procession or “run” includes chicken chasing and silliness by revellers all day. In Eunice, LA, the celebration takes place with five days of live music, art exhibits, street and barn dances. It culminates with the Courir de Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday Run), the day before Ash Wednesday, with youth and adult chicken runs.
During your visit, we invite you to learn about local culture with stops at the Eunice Depot Museum, Cajun Music Hall of Fame, Jean Lafitte National Park & Preserve, and the Cajun Prairie Habitat. Try our famous Cajun and Creole cuisine at local restaurants.
Opelousas, the third oldest city in Louisiana and the zydeco capital of the world, celebrates Lundi Gras (Fat Monday) with live music and creole food. The parade rolls downtown on Fat Tuesday and revellers celebrate all day.
To plan your trip, visit cajuntravel.com or call 877-948-8004.