A parish seat
is the administrative center of a parish
in the US
state of Louisiana
. Unlike the vast majority of states of the United States (all others except Alaska
), and largely because of it's rich cultural ties to France
, Louisiana is divided into Parishes, as opposed to Counties
. Therefore, a parish seat is a city which is the capital of a parish. Note that in the United Kingdom
, the term county town is usually used for the same purpose.
Parish-wide politics and government are conducted here. The parish courthouse and parish administration are usually located in the parish seat.