Evangeline Parish Sheriff's Office
Evangeline Parish is located in south-central Louisiana and is widely known for the diverse community of people who settled the area and the blend of French, Spanish, and German cultures that is still evident today. Major industries in this rural area include agriculture, oil, healthcare, and manufacturing with two major industrial operations, two full-service hospitals, an energy storage facility, and thriving small businesses.
The largest city of Ville Platte serves as the axis of parish government. Visitors to Evangeline Parish will discover a charming environment rich in historic pride – and with the best gumbo and boudin around!
Evangeline Parish is host to the Louisiana Cotton Festival with Le Tournoi de la Ville Platte and the Louisiana Smoked Meat Festival, both held in Ville Platte. Evangeline Parish features several other festivals and entertainment such as a country-style Mardi Gras and the Cajun Music Festival in Mamou. We also celebrate the Swine Festival (in Basile), the Boggy Bayou (in Pine Prairie), and finally a good ole Country Christmas in the Village (in Turkey Creek).
Evangeline Parish is also home the Chicot State Park, with 6,400 acres of lake and woods for hiking, cycling, fishing, and camping. The Louisiana State Arboretum neighbors the park and has more than 150 species of native plants and trees. From the lively small city of Ville Platte to the breathtaking rural landscapes, Evangeline Parish is a wonderful place to live.