Quality of Life

St. John Parish is known for maintaining customs and traditions that preserve the unique heritage of the community. It is proud of the shared history and recipes handed down over time.

LaPlace maintains the designation as “Andouille Capital of the World.” Andouille is a unique tasting gumbo sausage that is preserved without refrigeration when hogs are butchered at “LaBoucherie”. The Andouille Festival is typically held the third weekend in October each year.

For the Christmas Eve celebration, bonfires line the Mississippi River levees on both sides of the river and are burned to light the way for Papa Noel. There are 16 properties and districts listed on the National Register of Historic Places in the parish, including 2 national historic landmarks. Residents and visitors have multiple seasons to enjoy fishing, camping, boating, biking, hunting, golfing, tennis and swimming. The Belle Terre Country Club and the Riverlands Golf & Country Club offer golf courses for recreational and membership play in LaPlace. St. John Parish enjoys a temperate climate throughout the year. The average annual temperature is 68 degrees with a range from 60 degrees in January and 90 degrees in July.