Alexandria is located in the heart of Central Louisiana (CenLA) and is a vibrant commercial, retail, educational and healthcare center. It is the parish seat of Rapides Parish.
Residents and tourists alike enjoy area lakes, outdoor recreation, golf, an acclaimed zoo, and historic sites. Air tranportation into and out of the area is provided by Alexandria International Airport (AEX).
The city also enjoys annual events such as the Louisiana Dragon Boat Races, Holiday Trail of Lights, the Louisiana Elvis Festival and the Alex River Fete. Popular every year are the Mardi Gras festivities and parades sponsored by the Alexandria Mardi Gras Association.
WinterFETE is held in December in downtown Alexandria. An assortment of events are typically scheduled, including the Alexandria Christmas Parade, ice skating, Santa's Village, fireworks, food vendors, gumbo cook-off, live music and much more.
Alexandria, as a popular convention destination, has an active lodging industry providing hotel accommodations for many out-of-town visitors. The Alexandria Randolph Riverfront Center in downtown Alexandria on the Red River offers all the amenities of big city convention centers combined with the convenience of being centrally located within Louisiana.
The population of the City of Alexandria in 2020 was about 45,000, with neighboring Pineville across the Red River having over 14,000 residents. Other area communities include Tioga, Ball, Libuse, Paradise, Holloway, Buckeye, Deville, Pollock, Bentley, Fishville, Kolin, and many others.
This website covers a multitude of facets about Alexandria, including things to do, tourism, arts & culture, government, transportation, jobs, education, outdoor recreation and more.
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