Welcome to

John the Baptist Parish

With numerous parks and reasonable housing costs, LaPlace has become a popular community for those seeking a suburban lifestyle. Known as the Andouille Capital of the World, the delicious, local delicacy is celebrated yearly at the Andouille Sausage Festival. LaPlace offers many modern amenities including stores and restaurants, while maintaining a quiet, friendly feel.

There are deals to be had in LaPlace and the town is popular as a commuter area, located near the intersection of Interstate 55 and the I-10 highway. (It's about 35 minutes to New Orleans from LaPlace, an hour to Baton Rouge, and 40 minutes to Hammond.) With an average listing price under $200,000, there are many options for people looking to start a life in a quiet part of Louisiana.

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Arts & Culture
LaPlace is known as the "Andouille Capital of the World" for the area's excellent Andouille sausage, which is celebrated each October at the Andouille Festival. Other annual events include the Festival of Roses and the legendary Mardi Gras festivities and Carnival Parade that attract people from across the area. Local residents build floats and march in local 'krewes' in the town's main parade.

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LaPlace has a mixture of restaurants including national chains and local mainstays. This includes LaPlace Frostop, a burger/milkshake shop which is one of the few Frostop locations in Louisiana. Marked by the enormous mug of root beer on its roof, the diner is famous for the Lot-O-Burger and is celebrating 54 years of business this year.

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There is a grand total of 11 parks in LaPlace including Regala Park, Wallace Park, Emily C. Watkins Park, Belle Pointe Park, LaPlace Park, Stephanie Wilkins Park, Cambridge Park, Westbank Complex, Harold Scott Park, Highway 51 Park, and Garyville Park. LaPlace has abundant green space and its location -- with the Mississippi River to the south and Lake Ponchartrain to the north -- makes it a boating and fishing paradise as well.

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LaPlace is served by two branches of police: the LaPlace Branch off of Airline Highway and the Edgard Branch near the Courthouse Annex. St. John's Parish also organizes an annual "Night Out Against Crime" where local politicians, community leaders, and residents come together to raise awareness and maintain an open dialogue about ways to keep the city safe.

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The area has three elementary schools: LaPlace Elementary, East St. John Elementary, and John L. Ory Magnet. There is also a private parochial option, St. Joan of Arc, which serves pre-K through 8th grade.

There are two high schools: East St. John High School and St. Charles Catholic, which are both known for its excellent sports teams, with players in their programs earning state honors in football, softball, and volleyball.

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The size, makeup, and location of the city make a car necessary for most residents of LaPlace. While there are neighborhoods where you can walk between restaurants and grocery stores, a car is recommended for people who wish to call the city home.

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