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The city of Natchitoches is the parish seat of Natchitoches Parish, in the U.S. state of Louisiana.
Established in 1714 by Louis Juchereau de St. Denis as part of French Louisiana, the community
was named after the Natchitoches Indian tribe.
The City of Natchitoches was first incorporated on February 5, 1819.
It is the oldest permanent settlement in the Louisiana Purchase. Natchitoches's sister city is
The population was 17,865 at the 2000 census.
Natchitoches Meat Pie is one of the official state foods of Louisiana.
It is known as a regional delicacy of North Louisiana.
Natchitoches has long been known for its popular Christmas lighting festival which is held the
first Saturday in December.
The lights continue to brighten the Cane River until after New Year's Day.
In 2006, the festival celebrated its 80th year of existence.
Several motion pictures have been filmed in Natchitoches, including Steel Magnolias,
The Man in the Moon, The Horse Soldiers, NBC's The Year Without a Santa Claus,
The American Standard, as well as a Lifetime Television's series Scarlett.
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