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Area Description

Washington Parish is one of the most scenic rural parishes in Louisiana. Enjoy rolling hills, piney woods, farms and small towns. Come fish, hunt, canoe, tube and drive the parish’s back roads. Fun, food, festivals and the largest Free Fair are just some of the offerings in Washington Parish’s corner of the state, the toe of the boot.

Three Reasons to Visit
Bogalusa Krewe of MCCA Mardi Gras Parade: Held the Saturday before Fat Tuesday, it is reputedly the largest parade in the area.
Outdoors: Recreation abounds with hunting, fishing, birding and boating. Thriving watermelon patches, you-pick blueberry farms, dairy farms and homegrown produce are all in Washington Parish. Anytime is a great time to be on our scenic rivers, the Pearl and Bogue Chitto.
Music: Local music includes blues, bluegrass, country, gospel or honky-tonk. Musical options are bountiful and can be heard at our newest festival, our more than 100-year-old fair or a cozy roadhouse. The Bogalusa Blues and Heritage Festival is the newest offering, held the last Saturday in September. The Great Southern Bluegrass Event in Angie occurs in spring and fall near the third weekend of April and fourth weekend of September. Birdie’s Roadhouse was listed as one of 10 Great Louisiana Live Music Venues on LouisianaTravel.com.

Make Sure to Experience
Washington Parish Free Fair: Held the third week in October every year, enthusiastic crowds come to enjoy the Washington Parish Free Fair at Mile Branch Settlement. They enjoy flowers, homemaking, livestock and agricultural exhibits, midway rides, stage entertainment, professional rodeo and many pioneer activities typical of the 1800s Louisiana piney woods.

Openings and Accolades
Bogalusa Blues and Heritage Festival: The inaugural event was held in 2012. New stage area/amphitheater and ongoing park redevelopment of Pioneer Museum make Cassidy Park a destination. The Bogalusa Blues and Heritage Festival garnered rave reviews despite torrential rains. The party and music continued after-hours at Birdie’s. The next Bogalusa Blues and Heritage Festival will be held Sept. 27, 2014.
Bogue Chitto State Park: Opened in 2010, Bogue Chitto State Park has become one of Louisiana’s premier parks. Visitors can tube or canoe within park property. Nature trails abound throughout the park. You can even bring your horse for the riding trail.
First Quilt Block Trail: Washington Parish joined four neighboring Northshore parishes in establishing the first quilt block trail in the state, the Louisiana Northshore Quilt Trail. These are painted blocks that grace buildings or yards and highlight family or local history, business enterprises, professions, churches and more. There are now six blocks in Franklinton and three in Bogalusa with plans for more.

Includes Cities/Towns: Angie, Bogalusa, Franklinton, Mount Hermon, Varnado.

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Washington Area Transit is available for eligible riders to get to medical appointments, groceries, etc. There area two independent taxi businesses and Enterprise Rental Cars in Bogalusa.

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Our Lady of the Angels Medical Center, Bogalusa
Riverside Medical Center, Franklinton
VA Clinic, Bogalusa

Climate

Monthly Temperatures / Rainfall

 Month  Low  Avg  High  Rain
 Jan  38.0  49.1  60.2  5.8 "
 Feb  41.7  52.9  64.2  5.8 "
 Mar  47.7  59.6  71.5  6.1 "
 Apr  53.7  65.9  78.2  5.1 "
 May  62.3  73.8  85.2  4.8 "
 Jun  69.2  79.8  90.5  6.1 "
 Jul  71.2  81.7  92.2  5.9 "
 Aug  70.8  81.5  92.2  5.4 "
 Sep  66.2  77.2  88.2  4.2 "
 Oct  55.0  67.5  80.0  4.0 "
 Nov  46.5  58.7  70.8  4.9 "
 Dec  40.2  51.6  63.0  5.2 "


Spring temperatures are mild with averages in the mid 60's and highs in the upper 70's. Nights are cool with lows in the mid 50's. Summer temperatures are warm with averages in the low 80's and highs in the low 90's. Nights are mild with lows in the low 70's. Fall temperatures are mild with averages in the upper 60's and highs in the upper 70's. Nights are cool with lows in the mid 50's. Winter temperatures are cool with averages in the low 50's and highs in the low 60's. Nights are cold with lows in the upper 30's.

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Many of our festivals and museums depend on volunteers. Our Washington Parish Fair had nearly 4 dozen committees made up of volunteers.

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