Allen Parish officials gathered Friday to celebrate the people, history and culture of the parish with the grand opening of the Allen Parish Cultural Center.
“I think this is a great story of our heritage and our culture,” Tourism Chairman Mike Karam said of the facility. “I hope people will take advantage of it and come see what we have.”
The center, located inside the welcome center, just north of Kinder, is one of the many attractions which will help revive tourism in the state, according to Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser.
“I have no doubt Louisiana will bounce back quicker than anymore, because the way we treat people,” Nungesser said. “ They leave here with a friend for life and they always keep coming back for more.”
Nungesser said he was excited about the facility and commended those who worked hard for three years to make the center a reality.
Tourism Executive Director Adagria Haddock said the center creates experiences for visitors of ages.
“This will be a new attraction and opportunity for visitors to come and for children to learn more about Cajun culture, hear music from way back when that they probably have never heard of and learn about our Coushatta Tribe and military,” Haddock said.