|Rapides Parish Louisiana Cities/Towns - Alexandria (Parish Seat), Ball, Boyce ,Cheneyville, Deville, Forest Hill, Glenmora, Lecompte, McNary, Pineville, Woodworth
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Rapides Parish (French: Paroisse des Rapides) is a parish located in the U.S. state of Louisiana. 2016 U.S. Census population: 132,424. Alexandria is the parish seat.
In 1763, the land that is now Rapides Parish became the new home of Apalachee, who were settled there with the permission of Governor Kerlerec. These Native Americans had come to Mobile after fleeing the British and their Creek allies from what is now from Leon County, Florida. Many of their descendants remain in Natchitoches Parish. Named for: The local river rapids.