Welcome to “The Most Cajun Place on Earth!”
Why does Louisiana have parishes and not counties? Louisiana was officially Roman Catholic under both France and Spain’s rule. The boundaries dividing the territories generally coincided with church parishes. In 1807, the territorial legislature officially adopted the ecclesiastical term. Through each change in her history, Louisiana never deviated and the primary civil divisions have been officially known as parishes ever since.
Located along the Gulf Coast in south central Louisiana, Vermilion Parish is truly considered a “sportsman’s paradise.” Rich in natural beauty and resources, the land is a blend of prairie lands and winding bayous, coastal marshes, agricultural landscapes and unique, cultural communities.
Vermilion Parish is a multicultural blend steeped in history with a dash of “joie de vivre” finishing the mix. This bilingual coastal parish is very large and diverse with wandering bayous and farmlands authentic local cuisine and Cajun towns connecting it all. Vermilion Parish has some of the state’s most popular festivals. Learn about our French heritage and deep-rooted culture by visiting one of our many museums, Courthouse or tour a 100-year-old church.
The Vermilion Parish Police Jury knows that we are truly blessed to live in a great place with tremendous people.