Step off the beaten path, and re-enter the world of 19th century Creole Louisiana in New Roads, Louisiana, where relaxation is the rule, and history and tradition are abundant.
New Roads hosts the oldest Mardi Gras celebration in Louisiana outside of New Orleans each Shrove Tuesday. This parade, started by the Carnival Club, was founded by a French-Spanish Creole named James Mortimer Boudreaux, more commonly known as “Jimmy Boudreaux.” He is buried in St. Mary’s Catholic Church Cemetery. The town’s first recorded Mardi Gras ball was staged in 1881, and its first-known parade rolled in 1897. Today, as many as 80,000 people converge on the hospitable Creole town for family-friendly parades. New Roads’ parades are civic events, open to public participation. The Community Center Carnival parade, founded in 1922 and the state’s oldest outside New Orleans, rolls at 11 a.m. The New Roads Lions Carnival parade, founded in 1941 and which is staged as a charitable fundraiser, rolls at 1:30 p.m.
Ventress is an unincorporated community located in Pointe Coupee Parish, Louisiana (USA) along the northeastern end of False River. The population of the area is approximately 1,100 individuals. It is home to the Hunter Fabre Post 248 American Legion Hall on Legion Road (Louisiana Highway 413).
For the sports lovers, False River offers fishing and duck hunting in the south flats. If you are a water sports fan, this is the place for you. False River is perfect for boating, sailing, and water skiing may be enjoyed in the clear, sparkling waters of the lake. A number of commercial establishments provide launch facilities, boat rentals, supplies, and concessions. There are also many restaurants, bar & grills, antique shops, and bed & breakfast accommodations in the area.
The community is named for Elie Jarreau, the community's first postmaster. The area's first post office was opened in July,1912. Elie Jarreau served as postmaster for the next 40 years.
The community is located on the banks of False River. It is situated on the southern end of this ox-bow lake, in an area known as “The Island”. The community is served by Louisiana Highway 413, known locally as Island Road. Several local businesses (including Parrot’s Bar and Horseshoe Auto Parts) were featured in scenes in the Billy Bob Thornton film “The Badge” (2002). The area is also known for fishing and boating with the main publicly accessible boat launch on the southern end of False River (Jerry’s Landing) being located here.