Arnaudville, Louisiana – A Town in Between Bayous

Arnaudville, Louisiana – A Town in Between Bayous

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Arnaudville is considered one of the oldest towns in St. Landry Parish. First, it was named as La Murière and they changed it to a French name La Jonction which means “The Junction” since French people first settled in the area in the 18th century. It was named La Jonction because the town is in the junction of Bayou Fuselier and Bayou Teche.

However in the 19th century, it was again changed to honor the Arnaud Brothers who donated a large land in order to build a church for the white and black. Fortunately, this church still exists until today. The town got its name from the family Arnaud in which some of the descendants still live in the area.

Arnaudville also celebrates colorful annual festival. It celebrates the Étouffée Festival which is held every last weekend of the month of April while the Le Feu et l’Eau or the Fire and Water Rural Arts Celebration is held every December. Also for the month of April, the town rejoices for the Bayou Blues Revival. Many artists and musicians visit the town since 2005 because they are attracted in Arnaudville’s unique culture and rather strange settings.

Arnaudville embraces its French culture. In fact, almost 40 percent of the population of the town speaks Cajun French. It is also one of the Louisiana towns that preserve the Cajun culture. You will see people playing their four-string instruments which will turn to a jam session that is a common sight in town. As mentioned, there are two Bayous that intersect in Arnaudville, so you can have a swamp tour that will make you definitely enjoy the beauty of place.

With a rich history, a well-preserved culture and colorful festivals, certainly Arnaudville, Louisiana is not a small town you can just ignore.

Discover more about Arnaudville, Louisiana on Wikipedia.

The website LouisianaTravel.com/Arnaudville has excellent resources.

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