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About Opelousas, Louisiana

Here at Nissan of Lake Charles, we are proud to serve the area of Southwest Louisiana, where we have a great selection of new and used vehicles and an excellent Service Department. Included in this area is the city of Opelousas, and this is a place you don’t want to miss! Find out more about the history, culture, and exciting events going on in Opelousas. 
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History
 

One reason why Opelousas history is so full of excitement is the simply because it has been around for a long time. Founded in 1720, Opelousas is the 3rd oldest city in Louisiana. The name comes from the Native American Tribe Appalousa, who were the original inhabitants of the area when European settlers came here.

Opelousas’s history is full of many important events that have not only shaped the city’s development, but influenced the country’s as well. From being active state capital during the Civil War, to being home to the Governor’s Mansion, to being around for all the major events in our nation’s history, Opelousas is a mixture of many cultures and histories.
Culture

The Culture in Opelousas is so widely diverse and influenced that the city has become a perfect example of the American Melting pot. From the Native American tribe the town is named for to the French and Spanish who originally settled the area; From the French speaking Acadians and Cajuns to the African American, Irish, and Italians who have come to become part of the city, Opelousas has influences of many backgrounds and cultures.

Another characteristic that makes this town unique is its homemade and homegrown spices that define the Cajun cooking typically found in Louisiana. Around here Opelousas is known as the Spice Capital of the world. This is because of the spices created here include Tony Chachere’s Creole Seasoning Mix, Lou Ana cooking Oil, and Targil Seasoning, INC; not to mention the Savoie’s Sausage Grocery store is located here as well. 

Festivals


With a place as rich in culture as Opelousas, it is no surprise that there are many festivals that reflect the history and culture of its ancestors. The oldest festival in Opelousas, the Yambilee Festival, has been around since 1946. This festival is a celebration of the tasty yams that quickly became a favorite food of the first settlers in the area.

Other notable Festivals to visit and see for yourself include the Frank’s Downtown Gumbo Cook-Off, International Joke Telling Contest, Juneteenth Festival and many many more! And what kind of city in Louisiana would Opelousas be without the celebration of Mardi Gras! The city hosts the Frank’s Mardi Gras Parade and the Opelousas Mardi Gras Celebration and street dancing on Court Street.

 

Other Places to Visit

Opelousas is also home to many historic places and museums that commemorate the history of the area. Be sure to check out the Creole Heritage & FolkLife Center and the many historical churches and cemeteries here as well. Notable ones include the St. Landry Catholic Church and Myrtle Grove Cemetery.
 

Also, as the State’s third oldest city, it makes sense that it would have its own Historic District. This place includes historic homes and building that are of Victorian Style housing. One of the most famous homes is the Governor’s Mansion, which came to be during the Civil War while Opelousas was the acting state capital.

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Opelousas from Nissan of Lake Charles
 

Opelousas is clearly a place of fascinating people and intriguing culture. From all the history and culture found here, it’s no wonder that this city has been around as long as it has. From us here at Nissan of Lake Charles, we are glad to belong to a community that is home to so many great people and just such a great town.
 

If you are looking to purchase a new or used vehicle near Opelousas, LA we are your local Nissan dealer waiting to serve you. From the latest New Nissan cars to a great selection of used vehicles, to an outstanding Service Crew, we want you to know that we are here to serve those in and around Opelousas.

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