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Living in 拉斐特

Welcome to 拉斐特 — the heart of Cajun and Creole Country, the cultural center of Louisiana's heritage, the “Happiest City in America,” “Tastiest Town of the South” and a “Top Music Mecca.”

Here you'll discover the rich history of how diverse cultures came together, creating unique art and architecture, 音乐和舞蹈, food and celebrations and a joie de vivre that has influenced the lives of everyone in our state and made an impact on the entire world.

Downtown 拉斐特, Louisiana
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Let the Good Times Roll

拉斐特 is home to many festivals happening year-round such as Festivals Acadiens et Créoles, Courir de Mardi Gras, and Festival International de Louisiane, the largest international music and arts festival in the United States.

List of festivals
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Beyond good food and good times, 拉斐特 is known for its preeminent high-tech infrastructure, such as a publicly owned fiber optic loop,和 high-tech companies who have made it their home.

Water feature at 拉斐特's Parc Sans Souci


拉斐特 has always been known for its role in the oil and gas industry. Today it has diversified its economy by becoming a leader in technology, 能源服务, 卫生保健, 运输, 金融, 娱乐, 和零售.

探索业务 & 零售


Ragin' Cajuns basketball

Cajundome & 会议中心

Big-name acts, fast-paced sports, and local celebrations can be found at the Cajundome & 会议中心. Home to Ragin' Cajuns basketball, this arena hosts sporting events, 大型音乐会, 表演, 狂欢节舞会, 和约定. 

Southern Screen Film Festival

Southern Screen Film Festival

The annual Southern Screen Film Festival brings together emerging filmmakers, 艺术家, and actors for multiple days of short- and feature-film screenings, 研讨会, 和网络. 

大学 & 拉斐特

Expedia ranked 拉斐特, La., among the country’s “Most Artistic Towns,” in part because of UL 拉斐特’s involvement in the cultural community and 表演 from our School of Music and Performing Arts.


“USA Today” editors nominated 20 cities for its 10 Best Reader’s Choice contest for Best College Town Weekend — and 拉斐特, La.,被否决了。. 1.