Welcome to Eunice, Louisiana
Located in Cajun Country in south central Louisiana, Eunice is the home of about 10,000 residents, and is known as "Louisiana's Prairie Cajun Capital". Eunice is a lively city that actively celebrates its history and French culture.
Lying amid rice fields and crawfish ponds glistening in the sun and decorated with the colorful wildflowers of the prairie, the city of Eunice offers visitors the opportunity to learn the story of the area’s extensive Cajun culture.
Excellent Cajun cooking abounds in Eunice, whether your tastes tend to Seafood Gumbo, Crawfish Etouffee, Crawfish Bisque, Crawfish Pie, Fried Crawfish, Boudin or maybe even Fried Alligator!
Also located there is the campus of Louisiana State University at Eunice (LSUE).
In September 1894, developer CC Duson auctioned off 150 lots, establishing the town of Eunice, named after his wife Eunice Pharr Duson.
Eunice is located in St. Landry Parish along U.S. Highway 190, with Opelousas to the east, and Kinder to the west. The City of Mamou lies to the north along Louisiana Highway 13, and to the south is Crowley.
While the town is well known for producing some renown musicians, Eunice is most popular for its spectacular Mardi Gras celebration, called the Courir de Mardi Gras. This event showcases some of the most unique cultural customs and the best sampling of live music and Cajun cuisine.
Eunice is in the heart of the top crawfish-producing area in the United States. Blessed with this natural resource, the World Championship Crawfish Étouffée Cook-Off was started in 1986 to showcase the local crawfish industry and chefs. Held on the last Sunday in March (except when it conflicts with Easter) at the Northwest Pavilion, the Étouffée Cook-Off attracts locals and visitors who appreciate good cookin’! Teams compete to see who can cook the best crawfish étouffée (smothered crawfish).
The week in Eunice starts on Saturday mornings, with hot boudin sausage, coffee and the open Cajun jam session at Savoy’s Music Center. This 40-year-old tradition, where old hands play alongside up-and-comers, was started by a local accordion-maker and is still going strong.
On Saturday evenings, the historic Liberty Theater broadcasts a live Cajun radio show. It makes sense that Eunice would also house the Cajun Music Hall of Fame and Museum. Here, greats like “Doc” Guidry and “Happy Fats” LeBlanc are commemorated, and the story of Cajun music is told.
Here are details of some of the most popular Eunice area attractions:
|Exhibit area at the
Prairie Acadian Cultural Center
|"Gateway to the Great Southwest Prairie" mural in Eunice
||Cajun Music Hall of Fame
|Interior of the Eunice Depot Museum
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