Opelousas, Louisiana






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A Taste of Opelousas, Louisiana

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DID YOU KNOW THESE FACTS ABOUT OPELOUSAS?

  1. Opelousas (French: Les Opelousas) is a city in and the parish seat of St. Landry Parish, Louisiana, United States. It lies at the junction of Interstate 49 and U.S. Route 190. The population was 22,860 at the 2000 census. Although the 2006 population estimate was 23,222, a 2004 annexation should put the city's population above 25,000. Opelousas is the principal city for the Opelousas-Eunice Micropolitan Statistical Area, which had an estimated population of 92,178 in 2008. Opelousas is also the 3rd largest city in the Lafayette-Acadiana Combined Statistical Area, which has a population of 537,947.

  2. Founded in 1720, Opelousas is Louisiana's 3rd oldest city. The city served as a major trading post between New Orleans and Natchitoches in the 18th and 19th centuries.

  3. Traditionally an area of settlement by French Creoles and Acadians, Opelousas is the center of zydeco music. It celebrates its heritage at the Creole Heritage Folklife Center, one of the destinations on the new Louisiana African American Heritage Trail. It is also the location of the Evangeline Downs Racetrack and Casino.

  4. During the tenure of Sheriff Cat Doucet from 1936 to 1940 and 1952 to 1968 that part of Opelousas along Highway 190 was a haven of gambling and prostitution. Doucet told the historian Michael Kurtz that the return of Earl Kemp Long to the governorship in 1956 allowed him to bring back brothels and casinos and to guarantee the sheriff a take of the proceeds.

  5. The median income for a household in the city was $14,717, and the median income for a family was $19,966.

  6. European and American settlement was based on plantation agriculture, and both groups brought or purchased numerous enslaved Africans and African Americans to work as laborers in cotton cultivation. African Americans influenced all cultures as the people created a creolized cuisine and music. The long decline of cotton prices throughout the 19th century created economic problems worsened by the lack of employment diversity.

  7. After the defeat of the South and emancipation of slaves, many whites had difficulty accepting the changed conditions, especially as economic problems and dependence on agriculture slowed the South's recovery. Social tensions were high during Reconstruction. In 1868, a white mob rioted and killed 25-50 freedmen in Opelousas. Some reports put the number killed even higher, ranging from 200-300, and it was one of the single worst instances of Reconstruction violence in south Louisiana. Opelousas enacted ordinances following the abolition of slavery that served to greatly restrict the freedoms of black Americans. These codes required blacks to have a written pass from their employer to enter the town and to state the duration of their visit. Blacks were not allowed on the streets after 10 p.m, they could neither own a house nor reside in the town, unless the employee of a white person, and they were also not allowed in the town after 3 p.m. on Sundays.

  8. The Yambilee Festival began in 1946 and is the oldest festival held each year in Opelousas. It starts on the Wednesday before the last full weekend of October and continues throughout the weekend with events including concerts, cooking competitions, a parade and beauty pageants.

  9. Since 1982, Opelousas has hosted the Original Southwest Louisiana Zydeco Festival. Usually held the Saturday before Labor Day at Zydeco Park in Plaisance, LA, the festival features a day of performances by Zydeco musicians, with the goal of keeping the genre alive. The exposure helped the city to be named the Zydeco Capital of the World on May 27, 2000, reflecting its significance in the history and continuing evolution of zydeco. Opelousas is also the home of Clifton Chenier, the king of Zydeco.


Main Street, Opelousas, Louisiana, Xmas Eve, 1900. Photograph showing rows of buildings with numerous horse drawn vehicles, some pedestrians.

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Radio Stations
KPCP (CP) 88.3 FM New Roads, LA Blues
KSJY 89.9 FM Saint Martinville, LA Religious
KCKR 91.9 FM Church Point, LA Religious
KVPI 92.5 FM Ville Platte, LA Oldies
KOCZ (LPFM) (CP) 92.9 FM Opelousas, LA Variety
KSMB 94.5 FM Lafayette, LA Top-40
KRRQ 95.5 FM Lafayette, LA Urban Contemporary
KPEL 96.5 FM Breaux Bridge, LA News/Talk
KKST 98.7 FM Oakdale, LA Urban Contemporary
KYBG 102.1 FM Basile, LA Classic Hits
WFMF 102.5 FM Baton Rouge, LA Top-40
KAJN 102.9 FM Crowley, LA Religious
KLWB (CP) 103.7 FM Carencro, LA Sports
KOCZ (LPFM) 103.7 FM Opelousas, LA Variety
KNEK 104.7 FM Washington, LA Urban Contemporary
KHXT 107.9 FM Erath, LA Top-40
KROF 960 AM Abbeville, LA Talk
KNEK 1190 AM Washington, LA Oldies
KSIG 1450 AM Crowley, LA Nostalgia
KEUN 1490 AM Eunice, LA Talk
KFXZ 1520 AM Lafayette, LA Urban Contemporary

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Demographics of Opelousas, Louisiana

By Race

White

Black

Native American

Asian

Hispanic

Total Population

29.30%

69.12%

0.10%

0.32%

0.88%

Because Hispanics could be counted in other races, the totals above could possibly be more than 100%. If you would like a detailed listing of all ethnic groups in the U.S., please Click Here.

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Famous Blacks from Opelousas, Louisiana

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Businesses in Opelousas, Louisiana


A small percentage of the businesses listed on BlackCityInfo.com may not necessarily be black owned and operated but have received favorable reviews from users who have visited the establishment, or from the owners themselves who warmly seek out African American patronage.


DINING - CATERING - BBQ - SOUL FOOD

  1. Bertrands Crawfish Pot -  Category: Southern, Cajun, Creole, Seafood -   159 Highway 357 Opelousas, LA (337) 948-0110

  2. Cracker Barrel Old Country Store -  Category: Breakfast, Brunch, American, Southern, Soul Food -   1116 N Main St Opelousas, LA (337) 942-8247

  3. Pearl's Country Kitchen -  Category: Soul Food Restaurants -   8247 Louisiana 182 Opelousas, LA 70570 (337) 594-8899

  4. T Beb's Country Kitchen -  Category: American, Southern -   1131 W Landry St Opelousas, LA (337) 407-1024

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CHURCHES



  1. Emmanuel Church of God In Christ -  1120 N Market St Opelousas, LA 70570 (337) 948-3185

  2. Greater Hayes Chapel A M E Church -  602 Mill St Oakdale Opelousas, LA 71463 (318) 335-2432

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ENTERTAINMENT



  1. Evangeline Downs Racetrack & Casino -  Category: Racetrack & Casino -   2235 Creswell Lane Extension, Opelousas, Louisiana 70570 (866) 472-2466 (Always open)   - (visit website)

 Keith Frank - Evangeline Downs Casino - Opelousas Louisiana   Keith Frank - Evangeline Downs Casino - Opelousas Louisiana (video)
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ANNUAL EVENTS



  1. Annual Zydeco Festival -   (August)    - (visit website)

    Bringing it Back to the Roots, Celebrate the Year of Music. Years of an unbroken tradition of Creole Music and Culture. This Year we will present the best in Zydeco, Cajun, Swamp-Pop, Swing, R&B, Southern Soual and More.

  2. Spice and Music Festival -   (October)    - (visit website)

    A blend of our best cultural assets, great Louisiana music .. Cajun, Zydeco, Swamp Pop .. and authentic Cajun and Creole food!

  3. Yambilee Festival -   (October)    - (visit website)

    Official website of the Louisiana Yambilee Festival.

 Annual Original Southwest LA Zydeco Music Festival   Annual Original Southwest LA Zydeco Music Festival (video)
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