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.
The city offers a variety of arts and cultural events and venues, such as the Alexandria Museum of Art, the Louisiana History Museum, and the Coughlin-Saunders Performing Arts Center.
Residents and tourists alike enjoy area lakes, outdoor recreation, golf, an acclaimed zoo, and historic sites.
The city also enjoys annual events such as Mardi Gras and the Red River Festival.
Returning in 2023 was the Louisiana Dragon Boat Races held at Lake Buhlow.
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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