Many cities in Louisiana are recognized for their annual festivals. Gonzales is best noted for one of the most popular festivals in the area. This city is home to the annual Jambalaya Festival which started in 1968 and is also know as the "Jambalaya Capital of the World". Gonzales is also home for Lamar Dixon Expo Center-a large event venue where many local events are held each year, including the Hot Air Balloon Festival. This is another thriving city in Ascension Parish and is home to approximately 10,000 residents.
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