About our Community

Welcome to Opelousas, Louisiana!

The History of Opelousas, the third oldest city in Louisiana, is more than the story of one small city -- it is a story of a way of life, of the impact of events, of patterns that may be seen all across the state and the region.  Opelousas was founded in 1720 and populated by travelers, traders, Native Americans, Creoles and those of French and Spanish descent.  At one time, it was the capital of Louisiana.  The story of Opelousas is something that cannot be overlooked, because through it you will learn the history of many people, the creation of a cultural gumbo, and the elements of a way of life that should not be forgotten.

For visitors to Opelousas, culture abounds in the sights and sounds of a community rich in history.  From our unique array of museums to our restaurants featuring "hot and spicy" Cajun cuisine, visitors are sure to find something special in Opelousas.  You will be delighted by the architecture, the shaded streets, the wonderful cuisine, and of course the music.  Opelousas is known as the Zydeco Capital of the world.  Live Zydeco music is very abundant in St. Landry Parish and is home to many Zydeco musicians. The population of Opelousas is 25,000, while the parish population is 90,000.

Opelousas sits in the center of two major highways, US 190 and Interstate I-49. Because of this and other factors, St. Landry Parish is experiencing unpresedented growth and prosperity.  Opelousas and St. Landry Parish is truly an amazing place to live and do business. To learn more visit:

For more information about events, dining, recreation and accommodations, in Opelousas and St. Landry Patish, visit the following links:

Overview of 2014 Community Activities