Alexandria is a city in and the parish seat of Rapides Parish, Louisiana, United States. It lies on the south bank of the Red River in almost the exact geographic center of the state. It is the principal city of the Alexandria metropolitan area (population 153,922) which encompasses all of Rapides and Grant parishes. Its neighboring city is Pineville. In 2010, the population was 47,723, an increase of 3 percent from the 2000 census.
The median income for a household in the city was $26,097, and the median income for a family was $31,978. Males had a median income of $29,456 versus $20,154 for females. The per capita income for the city was $16,242. About 23.2% of families and 27.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 37.7% of those under age 18 and 18.5% of those age 65 or over.
Sanctuary of large Pentecostal Church in Alexandria. Large Emmanuel Baptist Church on Jackson Street in downtown Alexandria. Like many other Southern cities, the largest single religious denomination in the Alexandria area is Southern Baptist. Large congregations include Emmanuel Baptist Church downtown on Jackson Street and Calvary Baptist off Jackson Street Extension. A significant Roman Catholic population is also present. This is due in part to the large Catholic Acadian French population which resides in and around Alexandria, many from neighboring Avoyelles.
Annual cultural events and festivals
Mardi GrasAs Alexandria is at the cusp of Cajun culture's extension to the north, the city recognizes Mardi Gras as an official holiday. The annual Mardi Gras parade – occurring on the Sunday before Mardi Gras – on Texas Avenue is a major cultural festivity in the area. Boasted as a true family oriented event, parade goers can enjoy over 20 New Orleans style floats, high school and college marching bands, as well as appearances by local celebrities. In addition to the main Sunday parade, a children's parade takes place downtown on the Saturday before Mardi Gras and another parade known as the Krewe of Provine Parade occurs on Fat Tuesday itself down Coliseum Boulevard.
Begun in the late 1980s, Cenlabration was one of the largest festivals in Central Louisiana (Cenla). The name comes from Central Louisiana ("LA") Celebration, and reflects local culture and heritage, as well as serving as a means of celebrating Labor Day as the end of summer.
As many as three stages support a particular type of music, including Cajun and zydeco, blues and jazz, and Country music. In addition there are arts and crafts booths for local artists to sell their wares. In the Children's Village, children can participate in arts and crafts, listen to storytellers, play games with clowns, or watch a play. The festival has plenty of carnival rides available as well. Cenlabration ends with a large fireworks display.
The climate is humid subtropical with some continental influence in the winter. Summers are hot and humid, and winters are mild, with occasional cold snaps. The area receives plentiful rainfall year-round, and snowfalls are rare. Tropical storms and hurricanes do impact Alexandria from time to time, but rarely cause severe damage, unlike areas closer to the coast.
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BEAUTY CARE - HAIR SALONS - MULTICULTURAL
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AFRICAN AMERICAN CULTURE
Arna Bontemps African American Museum - Category: Museums - Arna Bontemps a noted Black poet, author, anthologist, librarian - was born in Alexandria, Louisiana on October 13, 1902. He is credited with writing over 20 books, plays, and anthologies and was considered the leading authority on the Harlem Renaissance. - - 1327 3rd Street - Alexandria, Louisiana - (visit website)
DINING - CATERING - BBQ - SOUL FOOD
Kajun Kitchen - Category: Southern & Soul - 3303 S Macarthur Dr - Alexandria, LA (318) 449-8841
Popeye's Louisiana Kitchen - Category: Southern & Soul Fast Food - 1001 Macarthur Dr - Alexandria, LA (318) 442-4457
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Word of Mouth Cafe - Category: Southern & Soul, Sandwiches/Subs and Soups - 918 Foisy St - Alexandria, LA (318) 528-8702
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