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Looking for top-notch, inexpensive family entertainment, great food, a beautiful outdoor experience and some of the best music in the world? Two words: Louisiana festivals.
More than 400 Louisiana festivals occur each year – which makes it easy to see why Louisiana is often called the Festival Capital of America. We celebrate just about every crop harvested, every indigenous dish, every type of music that's played here – ranging from Cajun and zydeco to Delta blues, New Orleans jazz, Louisiana's own swamp pop, country, salsa and more. Excellent Louisiana food is a given at any festival. And as always, Louisiana festivals offer abundant opportunities for meeting new friends.
Themed festivals range from a Strawberry Festival in Ponchatoula and Tomato Festival in Chalmette to the great Festival International in Lafayette; from the big Contraband Days Pirate Festival in Lake Charles to the Holiday Festival of Lights in Natchitoches. From the Red River Revel in Shreveport to the Catfish Festival in Washington. Of course, you'll want to visit the annual New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, or the big family-fun French Quarter Festival.
And for the biggest of them all? That's right, Louisiana is home to Mardi Gras! But that's another story – and a very large one across the state!
Leesville is the parish seat of Vernon Parish and is a place where you can escape the hustle and bustle of big city life and enjoy the pleasures of living in a community where you will always find a warm welcome and old fashioned hospitality. We are very proud of our friendly, small town atmosphere and continue to preserve our unique cultural and historic heritage, while cultivating a dynamic economic environment. Recreational opportunities abound including a municipal golf course, parks, a 6–screen cinema, bowling alley, skating rink, museum, tennis courts, new water complex, and nearby lakes which offer some of the best fishing in the nation. Leesville is near 2 sections of Kisatchie National Forest, and located just 7 miles from Fort Polk and the Joint Readiness Training Center. For more information, contact the Vernon Parish Tourism Commission at 337-238-0783.