Spanish Town was established in 1805 as a place for Spanish citizens’ culture and language to thrive, and is understandably the oldest neighborhood in the city. Though the small neighborhood has changed over time, it still reflects the colorful, changing heritage and development of Baton Rouge.
While the neighborhood itself is small, it absolutely does not have a small personality. This is where the city’s biggest and most popular Mardi Gras party happens. Those pink flamingoes decorating lawns aren’t random either – they are the mascot of the parade and neighborhood. If you live here, you’ll get to know your neighbors quickly, think of it as a small town within Baton Rouge. Those neighbors range from lawyers to artists to photographers to writers and maybe even a few government officials.
The neighborhood is just blocks away from downtown, which makes it the perfect spot for those who work downtown and want to live nearby.
Fun fact: Between 1890 and 1920, the neighborhood catered to LSU students and faculty.
- Spanish Town Parade: New Orleans might be known for Mardi Gras in general, but here in Baton Rouge we have The Spanish Town Mardi Gras Parade. Its always-taboo themes are a local hit, and the parade itself has run for nearly 40 years.
- Spanish Town Market: A neighborhood store and diner that has been open since 1914, Spanish Town Market offers salads, sandwiches, po-boys and some of the best burgers in town from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
- Near downtown: Within walking distance is a downtown full of museums, government buildings and restaurant options.
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