Lafayette Parish

The hub of Acadiana, the heart of Cajun and Creole country, Lafayette Parish is named for the Marquis de Lafayette, the French hero of the American Revolutionary War.

Marquis de Lafayette Statue

The parish’s largest city and seat of government is Lafayette, called Vermilionville from 1821 to 1884, and is known as the Happiest City in America after a national survey proclaimed it such.

Festivals Acadiens et Creole

A bustling city with a wealth of shopping and dining options, Lafayette hosts a food or music festival nearly every weekend of the year, including the Festival International De Louisiane in April, the Festivals Acadiens et Créoles in October, and the state’s second largest Mardi Gras celebration.

Vermilionville Artisan

The Vermilionville Historic Village offers a fun and informative look at colonial life, while the Acadian Cultural Center features special exhibits and ranger-guided boat tours of the Bayou Vermilion.

Paul and Lulu Hilliard University Art Museum

The Hilliard University Art Museum and the Acadiana Center for the Arts host a rotating schedule of art exhibits and concerts featuring local and national acts. \

Boudin & Boudin Balls

In the nearby town of Scott, the “Boudin Capital of the World,” the pork and rice-stuffed sausage is everybody’s favorite meal.     

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