Pointe Coupee Parish (Cut Off Point) is one of the oldest settlements in the lower Mississippi River Valley. Its early French and African influence can still be found today in its friendly people and delicious cuisine. The area is home to several plantation estates and many historic sites and museums, several listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
The parish is surrounded by major rivers on three sides, with two of the Mississippi River's most scenic oxbow lakes and a network of smaller streams to promote fishing, boating, and hunting; making it a vacationers and retiree's paradise. Two of the largest lakes are False River and Old River and both lakes are over 10 miles long. False River is actually a 15-mile oxbow lake that was once part of the Mississippi River before it changed course and is now the scene of breathtaking natural beauty and great watersports.
Pointe Coupee Parish is proud to boast the third oldest Mardi Gras celebration in Louisiana and normally hosts four parades each year as well as a Lundi-Gras Parade (Monday before Mardi Gras) held at Old River Landing in Batchelor and in New Roads. These Cajun/Creole, rural celebrations include a greased pig contest, chase-a-chicken, dancing to live Zydeco music, great foods, and so much more! We feature many fairs & festivals throughout the year, arts & crafts and shopping events, fishing tournaments, rodeos, farmers’ markets, harvest celebrations, cook-offs, and holiday happenings.
The Parish Seat of New Roads is proud to be a Louisiana Main Street, featuring shopping, arts & historic structures, along with local restaurants! Eclectic, local shopping is also available throughout the parish along with our antiques trail. Pointe Coupee Parish has so many points of interest and it will appeal to everyone. Get more information and come for a visit!